• "When Turtles Flew"


    2007, Mixed Media
  • "Chord"


    2007, Mixed Media
  • "Through a Glass Darkly"


    2007, Mixed Media
  • "Eden's Gate"


    2006, Mixed Media
  • "Rivers of Eden"


    2006
  • "Elements"


    2008

Recent Articles

8/24/14

Swinging Arms

2008



Computer Power Supply, Galvanized Steel Rod, Low RPM Motor, Neon Lamps, Projector, Camera, (infinite loop, interactive)

Neon lamps swing at the end of long galvanized arms, creating interesting possibilities for long-exposure photography... when a projector and camera are added, both aimed at the same portion of wall occupied by the piece, an infinite loop with a slight delay is created. Observers enter the space between, and therefore become part of the loop, their presence echoed into infinity...




8/22/14

Breathing Machine


2007


2x4's, Metal Rod, Scrap Metal Weight, Scrap Metal Rods, Clamp, Inner Tube, Air Hoses, Inflating Nozzle, Wire, ZipTies, Compressor (off-site)

     Based on a rough studio-exploration, this sytem-in-cycle would "breath," filling with air via the fill-nozzle, until the inner-tube lifted it off of the fill switch; at which point it would lift off the switch and stop filling with air. The pressure in the inner-tube would bleed off, lowering the weight, actuating the fill-nozzle, and staring the system all over again. Its cycle sounded very much like a breathing machine; yet instead of a machine breathing for someone, this one breathed all by itself, for itself...






Ludicrous Machine

2007


Latex Surgical Tubing, Forceps, Monofilament, Pins, Nails, Styrofoam, Sewing Pins
     In this unlikely arrangement, surgical tubing filled with compressed air is suspended from pins and monofilament, filling the gallery with an illuminated "breathing" creature... its time slowly ticking away as the air pressure trickles out through a pin-hole, driving several small foam pin-wheels on the wall; attached by sewing pins.
     As the air pressure trickled out, once expanded portions of tubing would contract in violent and sudden throes, and do so completely randomly. This pictured campus gallery (Cranbrook Academy of Art's Forum Gallery) was open 24hr; the piece ran for nearly 3 full days.
     (Sound in the video is from another piece of mine, on display in the same gallery... "Breathing machine")




8/20/14

Undergrad Kinetic Artworks

A few of my foundational kinetic works from undergrad at Marshall University...


Eastward In Eden God Planted a Garden
2005
Mixed Media: Electronics/Iron Filings/Dvd

The Living Creature
2005
Cast Paper, Plaster, Wire, Low RPM Motor

Rivers of Eden
2005
Salvaged Science Lab Equipment (wooden beaker holders, Plexiglas, Wire, Xerox Transfer Prints (contour maps, topographic), Motorcycle Sprocket/Chain, Low RPM Motor

Driving Machine (Pictured Above)
2005
Mixed Media: Salvaged Equipment, Auto Seats, Cameras, Televisions, Rearview Mirror

8/17/14

Artist Statement


     From a background of intense practicality, raised in poverty by a single-mother in Appalachia, I ascended into the confusing, often counter-intuitive worlds of university education, and fine-art. Making these disparate ends meet was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed: in me was an intersection of the high, and the low; the sacred and the profane.
     In my youth, I had lived the grit-life, working hard to make ends meet in a more practical sense; from cleaning carpet at age 13 I proceeded to do anything from brick-laying, building, and lawn-care, to scrapping metal, assembling cabinetry, and cleaning gutters. But, my spirit was unbroken by such labors; to the contrary, I took great pleasure in the opportunity for learning that such tasks presented; and I took full advantage of each.
     I worked hard to earn my living, and developed skill using the rusty and forgotten tools of absent men; I learned that a tool can be a great teacher, even if the curriculum is trial-and-error... I applied the same ethic to my education as well as my art, with hopes of forging a university career. I completed graduate school and stepped out onto the collapse of the markets, at the wake of the housing-finance crisis in 2008. Oddly enough, though I had earned a BFA, and an MFA, neither of these stood a chance of paying the bills. I went back to one of the fields which fed me through young-adulthood; housing/apartment and facility maintenance... where I've been ever since.

     Many divide art into the functional, and non-functional, I hear it often; my wife is a ceramicist. Are we talking coffee mugs, pitchers and plates, or "sculptural" works, forms, exercises, and decor? Likewise, for better or worse, we divide life into the functional and non-functional; we either make "art" to be art in and of itself, or we apply "art" to improve in taste upon functional objects. But, these distinctions (just like most distinctions) do not hold. Few things teach that so thoroughly as rearing children...
     At this point in my life, with a four-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old son (at the time of this writing...) I see that everything stands a chance to be practical, and everything stands a chance to be art. My art is my work, and my work is my art: there is no overlap; they are one-in-the-same.

     I had always wanted a teaching position some day, and who knew I would land the best gig in the world... I'm a dad, and I know now beyond the shadow of a doubt that there are no distinctions; everything matters.


~J. Deacon Stone

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Curriculum Vitae, Art/Education


Education                            


2008 - Masters of Fine Art - Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield 
Hills, Michigan

2006 - Bachelors of Fine Art in Visual Art, Cum Laude, with an emphasis in sculpture Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

2000 - High School Diploma, Cum Laude
South Point High School, South Point, Ohio

Selected Honors


2008 - Cranbrook Museum Purchase Award

2007 - Recipient of an Emerging Artist scholarship, Jan and Marsha Miro, Fanfare 2007
         - Faculty juried Merit Award Scholarship recipient, Cranbrook Academy of Art 
         - Accepted into Chrysler Financial Services juried exhibition

2006 - Nominated for the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award
         - Awarded a First, a Second, and a Third place prize in Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Advanced Drawing categories: Marshall University’s 19th Annual Student Juried Exhibition

2005 - Marshall University Dean's List
         - President of Marshall University Sculpture Club
         - Marshall University Dean's List
         - Emerging Artist Scholarship, Huntington Museum of Art

2004 - Emerging Artist scholarship, Huntington Museum of Art

2003 - Marshall University Dean's List

2002 - Continuing Excellence Scholar and Scholarship Recipient Ohio University
         June Ohio University Dean's List

2001 - Ohio University Dean's List
         - Ohio University Dean's List
         - Ohio University Dean's List

2000 - Ohio University Dean's List
         - Freshman Excellence Award and Scholarship Recipient Ohio University
         - Graduate Cum Laude, South Point High School, South Point, Ohio

Professional Experience


2008 - Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sculpture, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. Taught by Amy Feigley.

2007 - Ideas & Processes Tour Guide, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2006 - Installation assistant, electrical tech. "Representations: Mine. Yours. Ours." St. James Arcade, Downtown Huntington, West Virginia. Works by Seth Cyfers, Clay Mcnearney, Allen Toney, and Chris Worth

2005 - Assistant Installation Coordinator of Sculpture Senior Show at Joan C. Edward’s Playhouse
         - Removal and Packing of Willie Cole’s “The Elegba Principle” Installation, Huntington Museum of Art

2003 - Installation of Community Works Project, Guyandotte, WV
         - Marshall University Sculpture Studio Technician & Work Study

Selected Exhibitions                                 


2008 - “Here & Now,” International Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
         - “Vibrio,” Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
         - “Un-Shelved: An Altered Book Project,” Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, Michigan (Image of work featured in the Detroit Free Press, Fri. Feb. 8th)

2007 - Annual Sculpture Department Exhibition, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
         - “Exquisite Narratives,” Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
         - Chrysler Financial Services juried exhibition and one-year art loan program, Chrysler financial services, Farmington Hills, Michigan 
         - Group Show: "Show Me What You're Working With!" Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2006 - Group Show: “Appalachian Landscape: Bob Ross Don’t Live Here No More.” Pullman Square Ancillary Gallery, Huntington, West Virginia, Curated by Seth Cyfers, to benefit Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
         - Group Show: "Social Fabric-Ation," Student Juried Exhibition, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
         - Accepted into Marshall University’s 19th Annual Juried Exhibition in three separate categories
         - Accepted into Marshall University President’s Gallery Juried Exhibition

2005 - Advanced Drawing Exhibition: Morris Gallery, Downtown Huntington, West Virginia
         - Accepted into Professor Juried Exhibition at Joan C. Edward’s 
Playhouse in 2D and 3D Categories
         - Accepted into Marshall University’s 18th Annual Student Juried 
Exhibition 
         - Group Show: "Representations: Mine. Yours. Ours." St. James Arcade, Downtown Huntington, West Virginia. Works by Seth Cyfers, Clay Mcnearney, Alan Toney, and Chris Worth.
         - Accepted into Marshall University’s 19th Annual Student Juried 
Exhibition in three separate categories
         - Accepted into Marshall University President’s Gallery Juried Exhibition

2005 - Advanced Drawing Exhibition: Morris Gallery, Downtown Huntington, West Virginia
         - Accepted into Professor Juried Exhibition at Joan C. Edward’s 
Playhouse in 2D and 3D Categories
         - Accepted into Marshall University’s 18th Annual Student Juried 
Exhibition 

Related Experience


2008 - Structural soldering demo/workshop and introduction to low and standard voltage, ac and dc electrical wiring. Multiple courses of sculpture at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. 

2008 - Guest lecturer, project assistant, “Automate,” a section of Introduction to Sculpture course through the Mentor Program at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. Taught by Chido Johnson.

2005 - Willie Cole Assemblage Workshop, Huntington Museum of Art

2004 - James Watkins Glass Casting Workshop, Huntington Museum of Art

Selected Collections


Cranbrook Museum of Art
39221 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303


Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art
1671 Lochridge Rd. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302


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