Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Art from the Pack”

“Art from the Pack” is an overlay of several other physical projects, testing the concept of living off art while on the road.  At this point “Art from the Pack” is still in the developmental stages, though a tentative start date has already been set for later this spring.

“In essence I want to see if it is possible to live simply, out of just a pack, using art as both a means of interpreting the experiences of my travels and a means of perpetuating the journey”

The project intends to put forth its first test run before the onset of the summer with expectations of a larger scale tour continuing into the fall.  “With any luck I’ll be taking the concept of “Art from the Pack” with me on my return to Brazil”  For now though, the project still has a lot of planning that needs to go into it.

As the set off date draws closer – the artist (project developer) challenges you to keep an eye out for more updated information, regarding: tentative “staging” locations, a complete list of projects involved – including a detailing of content and process, and the evolution of FlintnSteel as a site and how it will be incorporated into a project involving art on the go.

“This is one of the biggest challenges any artist faces – being able to launch themselves into a self-sustaining career.  This is my own thrust at re-engineering the structure of how this concept is typically approached.”

Looking forward to hearing from all of you on your inputs on this plan, thanks again for the support ~ JHN Anders

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A montage of individual original "Totem" works

A large scale project started back around 2002 – “Totems” focuses on depicting “the faces of the wild” – a range of graphite and ink work done on brown paper bags.  “These faces are a part of the images immersed within my mind – recreations of experiences lived while out thrashing about the provocative wilds where I grew-up and later where I have traveled”.

Part of the project includes an elaborate suspended-framing process still under revision.  Finished pieces will be available in a variety of sizes and formats.  Some of the larger scale works exceeding (when framed) 8×4 feet.  The project acts as the backbone work for “Art from the Pack” – though the work expected to be featured throughout the tour will undoubtedly be of a smaller scale.


Due to interest in the framing process associated with the larger scale work, I have added a few images in the gallery below of concept sketch work for how the “Totems” would appear once framed.  A more detailed explanation of the process can be requested through the “contact the artist” page.

“Totem” works will soon be available for purchases and contract*, please notify me if you are interested.

*note that contracts after the start of project “Art from the Pack” may have a substantial wait time due to travel demands.  In addition, potential buyers should be aware that each “Totem” work is completely original and thus subject to the artist’s own interpenetration of the request.  Also due to the artist’s personal beliefs in the “aging of art” works will always be presented on completion without any type of finishing sprays or other protective coatings, leaving the work potentially vulnerable.

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“Changing Corners”

A project still in the experimental stages.  Integrating a combination of set-stage photography, a variety of different visual art compositions, and “corners” that I hope to encounter throughout my travels.  Because this project is centered on the framework of new locations to photograph in – I am hoping to put it into action as part of project “Art from the Pack” – allowing me to create, stage, and photograph different “corners” as I begin my trip through the US.  Tentatively I hope to continue this project throughout the entirety of the different phases of “Art from the Pack”.

Some concept sketch updates:

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“Forearm Poetry”

“Forearm Poetry” is a recent project in the works – it takes inspiration from the lore of the writer or poet not having ample paper at the time of his epiphany and writing down his work on anything he can find.   In this case, the poems that are photographed, originate from late night ramblings, waking at 2 in the morning with the desperate panicky urge to write down the ideas in my head, the need to get them out, to make them physical – words drawn out from the depths of deep sleep – sketched out on my arm, where it soaks in and fades away – a representational statement on the impermanence of thoughts.

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