I try to make my pieces unassuming to the viewer at first glance, then evolve the concept with further observation, states John OHearn, a local artist specializing in kinetic art, metal and woodwork. OHearns style of art is unconventional, but functional. Its postmodern, but comfortingly simple. Its unexpected, but marked by a feeling of familiar excitement. Maybe like that of the day you got your first erector set.
As a child, OHearn always knew he wanted to create some sort of art, but it wasnt until he enrolled at Kendall College of Art and Design that he began to hone in on his specialty. A recent graduate, he has moved back to his hometown of Traverse City to begin a promising career.
I started young and I guess I had a thing for beds, states OHearn of a few childhood creations. My favorite design was inspired from the bouncing horse I had in my room at the time. It just made sense to attach large coiled springs to each corner of the mattress. He also built a swinging bed that hung from the ceiling and a base for a bed that filled the entire room and was covered with twin-sized mattresses.