I grew up in the ’50s in Long Beach, California, with its busy commercial harbor and, a little further inland, the streets and freeways of L.A.’s newly forming car culture. Since those early days of my childhood I’ve had a fascination with boats and cars, and I’m now exploring what happens to them as they decay. I see in them the energy that emanates from discarded dreams … those old cars forgotten in garages or pieces of old boats rotting in the harbor or on the back lot of a boatyard, one step away from the junkyard or dismantler.
I'm absorbed with the preciousness and beauty of our moment to moment experience, and yet, given this, the human propensity for folly. While dealing with concept and personal truth, my aim is to make something unusual and interesting, using the most elementary tools and techniques.
Jon Gariepy talking about his art on
"Sculpcast" with Joe Bologna.