From the Disappearing World (1987), Acrylic/Canvas, 24 X 30"
Abstracts", 2005, Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA. Kenneth Baker, Juror.
Art, food and sex sometimes add up to a stick three-course disaster in
Berkeley. East Bay painter-provocateur John Sheridan ran afoul of the local
sex police when a woman thought she spied a large penis lurking within the
acrylic nebula of one of his abstract "gravity paintings' hanging at
Au Coquelet. Not only was the in question removed, Sheridan's entire show
was taken down in deference to her hallucination. Fortunately the French Hotel,
a nearby café and site of Sheridan's Exhibition "Untrue Believer,"
doesn't appear to cater to the same clientele. The 11 large-scale canvases
and smaller pastels on marbelized paper now on view are littered with loners
who have just emerged from psychi(edel)ic wormholes (The Cybernaut, The
Vanishing American, Dr. X, The Love Offering, Kanteen Kate) and a working-class,
pop-Americana past (resurrected mainly via 1950s pulp novels, campy comics,
and trash film-promo posters - Edouard Manet goes back to the future). To
achieve these poignant and pervasive four dimensions of separation, Sheridan
floats hyperrealistic figures on top of abstract Jackson Pollock-meets-Captain
-- Harry Roche, SF Bay Guardian