John Hawke’s work began through a self-education in landscape painting—specifically the sited-ness of plein air painting, and has developed to model the landscape not as an optical organization of colors, but as a collection of vectors of interest. He received master of fine arts (painting) and master of science degrees (art history) from Pratt Institute in 2002, after which he initiated a project with fellow Pratt alumnus Sancho Silva called Orange Work. The central premise was to adopt the role of construction workers and employ the florescent color orange that signals: AUTHORIZED DISRUPTION, to create urban interventions.
In 2005, he was a Kress Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum and in 2006, a participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program (artist section). He has exhibited in New York at Art in General, Artist’s Space, Apex Art, Anthology Film Archives, and with Creative Time, as well as at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Susquehanna Museum of Art, the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, as well as in Chichester (UK), Oslo, and Milan.
He has presented his work at the New Museum, PS.1, the New School’s Vera List Center, and at the College Art Association (LA, 2009), and been reviewed in the New York Times, Flash Art, Architect’s Newspaper, the Brooklyn Rail, rhizome.org among others.