John Antoine Labadie

The overarching title evolved for this series is "Meditations" – which itself demands some explanation. My of the use of the term “meditations” invokes "a deep look" into a subject rather than the action or practice of meditating.

The “Meditations” series investigates ways to use geometric forms to look into human emotions in certain situations, particularly visual learning in academic settings. The various shapes and relative arrangements of the various, complex aspects of each of the “Meditations” series represent the results of my investigations of the relative impact of human emotions in circumstances involved in visual learning in studio settings.

As an artist-professor I have always been fascinating with how student learn best, and in what can be done to enhance their learning possibilities. As such the “Meditations” series has been an effective tool to record, analyse and depict my sense of certain classroom activities university art studios over the past two years.

The “Meditations” series now stands at just over 200 images. A number of these works have already been produced at 16 inches high by 20 inches wide and presented as a small related group at the “2016 Jaipur Art Summit” in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

The long term intention for the “Meditations” series is to be produced and shown in edge-to-edge groupings of at least 50 images – approximately 13 feet high by 33 feet wide. This wall of “Meditations” would make a powerful statement that would challenge the viewer to decipher each part of each individual work while also having the opportunity to consider the array as a whole, a unit, a coherent overall statement.

The studio technique used in all these works is a combination of traditional media and digital tools. The resulting “tradigital” works often challenge viewer to decode the means of making such imagery. This too serves as a way in which to draw the viewer into the work(s).

John Antoine Labadie earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Dayton (1973), a Master’s in perceptual psychology and art education from Wright State University (1980) and an interdisciplinary Doctorate from the College of Design, Architecture Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati (1993). Labadie was a 2005-2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar in digital art for the "Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies" at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan; an International Artist-in-residence at the Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China; a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the National Institute of Design in Amedabad India; and a “Visiting Professor” in the Art department, Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and an “International Visiting Artist” at the 2016 Jaipur Art Summit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Dr. Labadie’s artworks have been exhibited in more than 400 national and international venues and are held in numerous private and public collections internationally.
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