R. John Mertens is an artist and sound designer. His interests combine Post-Modernism, Post-Minimalism, Post-structuralism and the Post-Apocalypse.
His work is characterized as sound, fiber, performance installations; which function to question forms of pedagogy, interaction, folklore, historicity, and contemporary craft. He received a MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland OR, the Dennos Museum Center, Muskegon Art Museum, MOCA in Virginia Beach and Scythia Arts Center in Kherson, Ukraine.
He also coordinates the Modular Project Space. An artist residency focused on reworking art projects through modularity and mobility.
If interested in artwork, textiles, audio engineering or stitch-ware