John Salvest’s sculptures, installations and works on paper have been presented in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has received numerous awards and grants and been featured in publications including the New York Times, Art in America, Art Papers and Sculpture magazine. Salvest received a B.A. in English from Duke University, an M.A. in English literature and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa. He resides in Jonesboro, where he is Professor of Art at Arkansas State University.
By placing the Marcel Duchamp quotation “Too much importance has been given to the retinal” in Braille on a public billboard, Salvest pays tribute to one of his artistic influences while absurdly forgoing most, if not all, of the standards and expectations of commercial advertising.
This project is dedicated to my dear friend John DeLuca, who helped me to see better.