Reliquary, John Affolter, 2021, mixed media, 28 x 46 in. / 71.12 x 116.84 cm.

Insight into John Affolter's Bold Artworks

Featured image: Reliquary, John Affolter, 2021, mixed media, 28 x 46 in. / 71.12 x 116.84 cm.

John Affolter’s mixed media artworks, "Archeology of the Top 10," "Bone Saw," and "25 States of Q," are powerful explorations of social, political, and historical narratives.

John Affolter is an artist known for his thought-provoking mixed media works, exploring societal issues, historical narratives, and political themes through innovative use of materials and symbolism, inviting deep reflection on modern realities.

Through his innovative use of materials and symbolic imagery, Affolter engages with contemporary issues, questioning societal norms and exploring the layers of human experience.

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Archeology of the Top 10
, John Affolter, 2021, mixed media, 8 x 30 x 30 in. / 20.32 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm.

Archeology of the Top 10 In "Archeology of the Top 10" (2021), Affolter utilizes materials such as hickory, gold plate, and copper to delve into the disappearance of the middle class. This work transcends conventional artistic boundaries, blending historical inquiry with modern social critique. The use of varied textures and materials in this piece creates a palpable sense of loss and investigation, inviting viewers to reflect on economic and social stratification.

Bone Saw
, John Affolter, 2020, mixed media, 12 x 24 in. / 30.48 x 60.96 cm.

Bone Saw "Bone Saw" (2020) is a chilling representation of deception and the manipulation of truth. The antique bone saw, etched with the word "Lies" in Arabic and presented behind Plexiglas inscribed with "Lies" in English, serves as a stark reminder of the dangerous power of falsehoods. This work is a poignant commentary on the erosion of trust and the consequences of misinformation.

25 States of Q
, John Affolter, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 27 x 42 in. / 68.58 x 106.68 cm.

25 States of Q The "25 States of Q" (2021) confronts the viewer with the stark realities of conspiracy theories and their impact on society. Affolter uses the canvas to explore the QAnon movement's detachment from reality, highlighted by the juxtaposition of the word "Truth" against a backdrop of sleeping masks and shotgun shells. This piece is both a warning and an insight into the collective psyche entangled in contemporary mythologies and violence.

John Affolter’s works stand as a testament to the power of art as a medium for social and political discourse. His pieces challenge viewers to confront uncomfortable truths and engage with the underlying currents shaping our world. Through his thoughtful approach and compelling compositions, Affolter offers a profound critique of the complexities of contemporary life.

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, John Affolter, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 48 in. / 137.16 x 121.92 cm.

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