John Douglas Powers

Birmingham, Alabama

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About John Douglas Powers

John Douglas Powers was awarded an MFA Grant upon graduating from University of Georgia.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2013

MFA Grant, 2008

The ideas that give rise to my art can be quite diffuse. Classical Myth, Buddhist philosophy, landscape, and visions of the afterlife intersect freely with interests in technology, music, history, language, and geometry. The allure of the unattainable and the passage of time have become central to my work, encouraging the inclusion of sound and motion as compositional elements.

The temporal logic of this kinetic work mimics the viewer’s own existence, broaching questions of reality and illusion, the corporeal and the spiritual. Solid, tangible materials of construction are in distinct counterpoint to the ephemerality of movement, sound, and time. Implicit in both objects and images is the thin divide between everythingness and nothingness.”