“PATTERN RECOGNITION” new works by JJ Horner

JJ Horner artist
Written by Jimmy Rustling

JJ HORNER (pyramid country). Solo art show at MEGAPHONE (Andy Brown’s ((soldierleisure)) beautiful new uptown art gallery)

4700 N central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012OPENING RECEPTION: Friday APRIL 21st
7-9pmApril 22nd: pyramid country pop-up shop/ping pong tournament 2-6pm

The three attached photos will be on display.

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JJ Horner has created a vast universe of personal symbols and archetypes that find their way to the surface of his paintings. Always beginning with free-form ideas, he visualizes elements (influenced by everything from conceptual art, skate culture, illustration, and family history) and puts them to canvas in a gesture reminiscent of surrealist automatic drawings. For his‘sectional’ pieces, he creates large painted studies that are then graphed out in alphanumeric order and ‘cut’ top to bottom, left to right on a grid. He works to ensure they do not resemble the original piece, that he opens himself to randomness, chance, the subconscious, where new layers of meaning emerge. Transforming one panel at a time, individual sections become both contained compositions and elements of a larger one. Once complete, he titles the piece based on thematic threads, or patterns, that have revealed themselves in the process. This interplay between structure and flow state, of finding resolution in shape, form, and thought, are a hallmark of Horner’s practice and body of work.

In the monumental Vessel in Passing # 3, Horner populates a dense landscape with figures, natural elements morphing into animal forms, and urban scenes over thirty-two sectionals. Presented at mural-scale, the piece is a culmination of Horner’s ‘street surrealism’; a dream-like blending of personal imagery and unresolved stories.


JJ HORNER was born in 1982 in Wilmar, MN, home of Jenny O Turkey. At thirteen, he started skateboarding, where he found a tight-knit culture of art and music that changed his trajectory forever. He moved to Arizona in 1998, eventually earning an Associate’s degree from the Art Institute of Phoenix in multimedia web design. After a severe skateboarding injury, he turned his attention full-time to art-making, with a focus on painting. In 2012, he formed Pyramid Country with Bobby Green and Jackson Casey, a skateboarding-centric production and apparel company.

@jojamhorner @pyramidcountry

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.

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