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John Prusak- Bark River Photography
Hartland, WI

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. John Prusak can attest to that statement with his high-fashion, edgy photographs. Each one tells a unique story that’s up for interpretation by every viewer. John prefers to push the boundaries when it comes to photography and often shoots in areas and spaces that are oftentimes overlooked or abandoned, which creates an even more interesting photograph. 

DEVIATE is all about doing something different and John is doing just that with his photos. See for yourself on Saturday October 15. Not only will you be able to browse through some of his recent work, but you’ll be able to get a glimpse of his artistic process live as he photographs the fashions of designer Christine Adar. 

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Can you tell us some information about your art? How would you describe it?

My work is high fashion made dark and sensual. I meld beautiful figures with extreme, unlikely environments to create edgy, nuanced, artistic pieces. My art evokes shadowy excitement and passion.

Where do you find your inspiration? 

Anywhere and anything can inspire a concept or theme that I pursue. I explore places that others overlook, discount or have abandoned. I envision light, colors, and themed figures; integrating those into these spaces in uncommon ways.

What's the process like? "Process" sounds so linear, whereas my concepts evolve in my mind's eye over time. I challenge myself to push my own boundaries by focusing on abstract concepts or themes, and try to have the piece tell a story. I expand on these by making conceptual and stylistic changes that result in many versions of a similar theme. I like to say that the result is an eclectic collection of distinctive art pieces.

Where can we find your work? Examples of galleries, stores, and events you have been involved in. My studio website is:  Instagram: @Barkriverphoto

What are your future goals for your pieces?  I'd like to bring my art photography to a broader audience. I plan to continually explore new themes and locations, and to push boundaries of what can be done with photography.

What do you want us to know about your art, your design, or anything at all? 

It's real. I have been told my photography typically can tell a story. Some photographs are created in my studio, but the vast majority are created on location; sometimes in extreme environments and locations at some peril to our wellbeing. I travel around the world to create these images. All of my art takes countless hours of ideation, planning, and shooting. This is art photography without “Photoshop”, heavy editing, or computer generation (“A.I.”).

What is your background? I purchased my first camera at age 14. I have many decades of work in the upscale fashion catalog business, along with my current successful fashion photography business. That experience in fashion has led me to adopt a stylized approach to my edgier art pieces that are displayed at Deviate

Why should people come to DEVIATE? Why should people come to check out YOUR booth at DEVIATE? Deviate is a rare opportunity in the midwest for people to interact with edgy art not typically available in traditional galleries. Deviate makes art accessible in an engaging environment. I'm offering a true art gallery experience with art unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. Also visit my booth for a unique opportunity to witness a live fashion photo shoot with the Couture Fashion Designer Christine Adar.

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