John Franzen makes abstract conceptual minimalist drawings and sculptures.
Over the last few years he has developed a serious production ethic, which links clearly to both the importance of spirituality in his life and the great degree of abstraction in his art. He works in two different studios; one is bright and small, where he does his drawings and most of his delicate and meditative pieces. The other is a big, post-industrial space, where he is able to develop his biggest and roughest pieces. Both places reflect the universality of his character as both a human-being and an artist, and his dualistic nature as a creator. Most importantly, these two places show how his work is deeply rooted in an organized private experience, which results from deep self-reflectivity, conscious seclusion and isolation, and his overall devotion to, and knowledge of, art. Read more.