"Breakin' the Law" by John DiDomenico
Etching on Hahnemuhle German Etch
Image: 3 x 3 inches, Paper: 5 x5 inches
Printed by Gabe Hoare
Part of a series of absurd mini-etchings that extrapolate on characters depicted in a discarded child's drawing (or "Codex," if you will) found at the corner of Oakley Ave. and 21st Place.
John DiDomenico is a Chicago based artist who makes works on paper. The imagery featured in AggroCrag is derived from personal experience, his father’s Vietnam War stories, and parental illness conflated with broadcasted news stories, and found footage of atrocities, curiosities, conflict, and parody. John uses these dynamics to create absurd allegories. The banal becomes a source of spectacle. Individual figures and groups personify both virtue and vice in their actions, and landscape collapses physical and temporal distance between events. Rather than being fixed to a single intended interpretation, meaning is derived from the viewers personal response as well as John’s own intention.
Born in southwestern Pennsylvania, John studied printmaking at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has lived in Chicago since 2007.