blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


ADAPTATION SYNDROME  |  Painting in Contemporary Image Culture

John Pomara

 Nose-job, 2004
 Enamel on metal, 72" x 42"
 Visual Arts Center of Richmond
 Courtesy Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas

Creating his visual subject matter by moving photographs of medical imagery across a photocopier, John Pomara implants gesture, capriciousness, and uncertainty into medical fact. He constructs a fluid dialogue between both the processes and the literal surfaces of photography and painting, establishing cool fields of horizontal “zips” in flux.