John Runner: Deep Impressions

by Danny Epperson

John Miles Runner II thinks deeply when it comes to his artwork. His large screen prints, wood cut prints, and video installations are mainly inspired by socio-political issues. The ideas for his works revolve around the role of government in society and the sustainability of our choices.  For example, John was living in Japan with his wife and family during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.  The tsunami caused, primarily, meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The impact of what's been called the costliest natural disaster in world history, was the inspiration for many of John's artworks.  In this production of The Scene, we take a look at some of his works and explore how his personal life and family also play a role in his art.