JON FURLONG

Untied States

Surveillance
Main Gallery
March 11th – April 1st 2017

This March we welcome photographer Jon Furlong to the gallery for an exhibit of his personal photos featuring international street artists. At an early age Jon gravitated to photography in large part because his father was a videographer. Access to a camera and encouragement to observe life through a lens instilled Jon’s love for photography.

Twelve years ago, shortly after high school, Jon landed a job as a photographer at Obey Clothing, a company founded by artist Shepard Fairey. At the time, he had little interest in street art or awareness of Shepard Fairey, he was just happy to have a job. Through a combination of strong work ethic and creative symbiosis he eventually caught Shepard’s eye and was asked to document his 2007 NYC solo show “E Plurbis Venom” and related events. 

Over the past ten years Jon has been fortunate to travel the world documenting not only Shepard Fairey but many other amazing artists along the way.  In the street art community artists often cross paths and collaborate, great opportunities arise to document murals and capture unique moments in time – “Surveillance” will feature photos of 8 artists including Shepard Fairey, D*Face, ROA, Tristan Eaton, Faile, Cyrcle, Cleon Peterson and VHILS. 

This show will be the first time I’ve ever shown any of my photography other than OBEY/Shepard. Over the past 10 plus years I’ve been really fortunate to travel with Shepard, see the world and document a huge part of his amazing career. Saying that, I’ve also been able to become familiar with all kinds of art/artists all over the world and that is something I’m super thankful for. All the artists that I’m exhibiting in this show are truly the most talented, humble and all around great humans. I thank them all for the support and the trust that I will do their art justice with my photography. – Jon Furlong

ARTISTS FEATURED:
Shepard Fairey – https://obeygiant.com/ – Instagram: @obeygiant
D*Face – http://www.dface.co.uk/ – Instagram: @dface_official
ROA – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROA_(artist) – Instagram: #ROA
Tristan Eaton – http://tristaneaton.com/ – Instagram: @tristaneaton
Faile – http://faile.net/ – Instagram @faileart
Cyrcle – http://www.cyrcle.com/ – Instagram: @cyrcle
Cleon Peterson – http://cleonpeterson.com/ – Instagram: @cleonpeterson
VHILS – http://vhils.com/ – Instagram: @vhils

Across a wide range of institutions in Colorado March is “Month of Photography” – We are honored to be among many great exhibits featuring local, national and international photography. We hope you can join us for the opening reception and take the opportunity to ask Jon about his adventures. Read more here

Tell us a bit about your work, career, school, city, ideas, etc
I was really young when I first was introduced to photography. My father was a videographer, so I was always around that kind of medium. Photography for me was that one thing I felt I was actually good at and I loved to do. It just made me look at things differently. I took a couple film classes in high school but for the most part I’m self taught on all aspects of photography. Originally I just needed a job in my early 20’s and started working in the warehouse at Obey Clothing. After a year or two, being the kind of people they are, they saw my talent in photography and I sort of fell into the position…if that makes sense.

When did you first pick up a camera?
At the age of 4.

What is more important – Content or technique/equipment/etc?
Content and how I want things to be perceived. I look at things differently with my eye and that transcends into my work. I’m not a technical photographer. I never pose any subject or set up any backgrounds, I like to have everything candid and more of a photojournalism style.

Social media has turned everybody into a photographer of sorts, is that a good or bad thing?
It’s a good thing I think. I think certain things are fads. My whole life I’ve known friends who have purchased a new camera and said they’re a photographer now. It’s all about the passion, how much work you actually put into it and sticking to it.

When you go to shoot the final image of a completed mural what are some of the considerations you make to get the best possible shot? Anything you avoid?
Ha. I make sure to work every angle I can to bribe, sneak, pay or get to where the best straight/highest angle would be. I try to shoot the final shot in a couple ways – First, making sure its shot in the way the artist would want it to be: Colors, wide, cropped etc. Secondly, I put my spin on it and shoot photographs in a way I feel it gives an artistic stand point.

What is the scariest position you have put yourself in to get the best possible shot?
Anything up really high! – I’ve been in some pretty hectic spots and my slight fear of heights can be a challenge to shoot photos when I can barely stop shaking. They’ve all proven to be worth it but I try to focus on shooting and not the fact I’m 100 feet in the air.

What is at the top of your list in terms of a person/place/etc that you want to photograph?
I love to document everyday life. One big thing that drove me into photography was the idea that I can take a photograph and that it will live forever in some form. Being able to travel all over the world and document different cultures is really amazing. I have to say so far my favorite place would be Hong Kong – Extreme overload of photographic eye candy.

What is currently influencing you that might surprise people?
I like to listen to weird sh!tty music and trek around my neighborhood/wetlands and shoot nature stuff. Ha

Describe your work environment – Music, TV, Movies, things you drink/smoke, time of day etc
Mostly I’m in the office unless I’m out on a project. Majority of the travel we do is very grueling – Planes, trains and automobiles without sleep are one huge part of our environment. I find time when I can to soak in the sights, drink my bud lights and smoke my cigs – Which I have to quit both of those.

If you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?
I would have to say a nice person. To me that’s more important.

Jonathan Furlong (b.1981) is a Southern California native, best classified as a self-taught lifestyle and street photographer. Most notably, Furlong has been a main component of documenting Shepard Fairey’s work and notorious installs behind the lens. In Furlong’s hyper-critical, high-anxiety mind, he finds ways to capture an essence of beauty and chaos in an authentic form. Similar to the environment of his immediate involvement with Shepard’s projects, his style can best be described as unpredictable, surreptitious, and pragmatic. While others attempt to recreate a meaning with a photo, Jon embraces what people may try and manipulate— the abominable truth, in his work. To him, the art of photography is preserving moments for eternity, so those who come across his work can see the past that set the future.

AVAILABLE ARTWORK

WATER TOWER PASTE UP
Media: Photograph on metallic Kodak paper
Size: 12 x 18 inches
Edition: 5 - Signed & Numbered by Jon
Year: 2017
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STACKED ICONS
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LINE AND PEACE
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Size: 18 x 12 inches
Edition: 5 - Signed & Numbered by Jon
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BIG BROTHER
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DECAYED ANDRE
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SHEPARD FAIREY & D*FACE - BERLIN 2015
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SHEPARD FAIREY & D*FACE - MALAGA 2013
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D*FACE - BERLIN 2015
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D*FACE - LAS VEGAS 2016
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D*FACE - LAS VEGAS 2 2016
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D*FACE - MIAMI 2016
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D*FACE - MIAMI 2 2016
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ROA - NEW JERSEY 2016
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Year: 2015
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ROA - LONDON 2012
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ROA - MALAGA 2015
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ROA - PARIS 2016
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TRISTAN EATON - LAS VEGAS 2016
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TRISTAN EATON - DETROIT 2015
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CYRCLE - LOS ANGELES 2016
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Year: 2015
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CYRCLE - BERLIN 2015
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FAILE - PARIS 2015
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SHEPARD FAIREY & CLEON PETERSON - MIAMI 2016
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Year: 2015
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CLEON PETERSON - LOS ANGELES 2016
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CLEON PETERSON - HONG KONG 2016
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Year: 2015
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CLEON PETERSON - CHICAGO 2015
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Size: 18 x 12 inches
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Year: 2015
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VHILS - MIAMI 2015
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Size: 18 x 12 inches
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Year: 2015
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VHILS - LONDON 2015
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VHILS - DETROIT 2015
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