John Hitchcock is an Artist and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches relief, screenprinting, and installation art. His current works depict personal, social, and political views that are a blend of printmaking, digital imaging, video, and installation. His awards include a Jerome Foundation grant and American Photography Institute National Graduate Seminar Fellowship. Hitchcock has a national, international, and regional exhibition record including exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Estonia, New York, California, Washington DC, and other parts of North America.
COLLATERAL CONSUMPTION: A PRINT ACTION! John Hitchcock worked
with students and faculty to create a multi-media print installation in three days.
Printing and installation of artwork began at 9am on Tuesday November 13 and
was completed by 5pm on Thursday November 15.
COLLATERAL CONSUMPTION is a large-scale variable size screenprint action.
The hand printed repeat patterns act as a metaphor for change, cycles,
endurance, collaboration, and intent.
The installation will consists of mythological hybrid creatures (buffalo, wolf, boar,
deer, moose) and military weaponry (tanks and helicopters) based on his
childhood memories and stories of growing up on indigenous lands (United
States Government lands) in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma (a Wildlife
Refuge) next to Ft Sill, Lawton (the largest field artillery military base in North
America). Hitchcock explores notions of good, evil, death, and life cycles. His
depictions of beasts, animals, and machines act as a metaphors for human
behavior and cycles of violence. His artwork is a response to intrusive behaviour
by humans towards nature and other humans.
COLLATERAL CONSUMPTION is a statement about current events such as the
US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the major conflict between the Palestinians
and Israelis, and the recent announcement by the John Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health that “An estimated 655,000 Iraqis have died since
"I stand by the figure that a lot of innocent people have lost their life...and that
troubles me, and it grieves me," Mr. Bush told reporters at the White House