“Menu” | Jon Lodge

During the opening reception for his exhibit, Lodge facilitated an interactive collaboration among GEM’s staff, customers, products and systems. He used staff and customers to carry out a system’s techniques to create works of art from materials (products) sold in the store. Called “relational aesthetics”, this kind of artwork creates a social environment in which people come together to participate in a shared reality.

“Making a work of art,” Lodge says, “I invent systems that induce a state of flux in which random events occur. I choose the technique, then let the system generate imagery. For instance, in one of my systems, gravity determines how materials fall together. The simplest of techniques can generate a fascinating range of results.”

Born in Red Lodge, Montana, Jon Lodge left the West twenty years later to study jazz improvisation and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While there, he became involved in the visual arts as Berklee’s art director and photographer.

Lodge has exhibited widely across the Northwest including the Yellowstone Art Museum, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Holter Museum of Art, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Eyre/Moore Gallery in Seattle, Turman Larison Contemporary in Helena, Botanica Fine Art in Bozeman. His work was juried into the Missoula Art Museum first Montana Triennial. His work is in the permanent collections of the Yellowstone, Missoula and Nicolaysen Art Museums.

“Menu” in the Apple Gallery was exhibited December 1 – January 26.