Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Mixed Media Painting on Wood Panel
© 2009 Jennifer J L Jones
Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture
Curated by Front Forty Press
July 19 – September 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 3 – 5pm
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture, a curatorial survey by Front Forty Press offers a provocative look into the current trend of blurring the line between annihilation and bliss euphoria in
contemporary art, thought, and sound on view from July 19 – September 20, 2009 at the Hyde Park Art Center. This dynamic exhibition presents diverse and engaging imagery from more than twenty-five well respected local to international contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums.
The opposing ideas of destruction and transcendence fuels the range of expressions featured in Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture. At once intensely individual, the cross-selection of works also express larger cultural concerns. Ranging from the religious, scientific, sensual, and didactic, the diverse themes of the exhibition punctuate the relevance and malleability of such topics in contemporary discourse. Artists participating in the exhibition include: Ricky Allman, Oksana Badrak, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Kelly Barrie, Sebastiaan Bremer, Christopher Bucklow, Eduardo DeSoignie, Jon Elliot, Lora Fosberg, Till Gerhard, Julie Heffernan, Cody Hudson,
Jennifer J.L. Jones, Ellen Kooi, Mark McGinnis, Julie Mehretu, David Opdyke, Emilio Perez, John Pranica, Jean- Pierre Roy, Ed Ruscha, Alison Ruttan, Carrie Schneider, Matthew Schreiber, Andrew Schoultz, Erika Somogyi, John Sparagana, Doug and Mike Starn, Bill Viola, Simmons & Burke, Kim Soo, Caleb Weintraub, and many more. Additional programming includes live performances from select audio artists, and lectures by scholars working in
a number of fields concerning the exhibition’s topics.
The exhibition complements a book project of the same name released by Front Forty Press and the University of Chicago in September 2008. This handsome catalogue features a comprehensive section of interviews, critical essays, and large illustrations of work by sixty artists. For more information on the larger book project, please
Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture will be on view from July 19 – September 20, 2009 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and www.hydeparkart.org. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Last weekend I had the great fortune to visit the new location of the Belushi Pisano Gallery now open and located in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a cocktail party at the Atlanta Botanical Garden to celebrate the opening of their new wing...
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I was recently interviewed by Jeremy Abernathy for the Creative Loafing Speakeasy. Here is the link to view it on the Creative Loafing Culture Surfing blog.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Please continue to support the arts and the artists you love however you can... your support, encouragement, and patronage helps keep the creativity flowing and is very much appreciated!
The following was printed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on February 26, 2009:
Fay Gold plans to close her gallery, a fixture on the arts scene since 1980, and become a private dealer and art consultant. Lagging sales in a bad economy made overhead costs at her Miami Circle venue unsustainable. A moving sale will be held during regular business hours from March 5 to 28. Fay Gold Gallery will close April 1.
Never a shrinking violet, Gold has no intention of disappearing from the Atlanta art scene.
“I will hold small salon-style receptions in my home as well as mount larger exhibitions at alternative spaces,” she says. “I will also have more time to finish my forthcoming memoir, ‘Basquiat’s Cat.’ “
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I hope to see you there!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Veronica Kessenich, Director
"I feel more like a tunnel, a channel, a conduit passing through a variety of thoughts and emotions through the world itself which I transform and which metamorphosis me in turn"
- Anselm Kiefer
WHAT: Four Artists to Watch
WHO: Terri Hallman, Jennifer J L Jones, Anthony Liggins, Ferdinand Rosa
WHEN: February 13 - March 28
Opening Reception: Friday, February 13 from 7 to 9 pm
WHERE: Fay Gold Gallery, 764 Miami Circle
Atlanta, GA – The question that curators, collectors, critics and art dealer ponder is: How do you predict which artists of our time will be well-known 100 years from now? Who will be embraced by the museums in the next century?
In selecting Terri Hallman, Jennifer J L Jones, Anthony Liggins, and Ferdinand Rosa we looked for accessibility, humor, and influence on other artists, conceptual breakthrough and spirituality. Their art is rich and full of surprises and they have explored a wide variety of media. Hopefully, their new intellectual weight will attribute to the longevity of their work.
Hallman's primitive abstract faces at first seem simple, but on closer observation, her laborious technique creates unusual layers of depth. Her colors are super-saturated and the surfaces have a textural quality. Hallman begins by laying out dry pigments on paper. She sprays clear acrylic then using tape, she masks off areas. She repeats this process several times while applying pressure with her hands. No brushes are used. She scrapes or tears away selected areas, revealing layers of color underneath. The next step is to apply oil paint washes on the surface. The work is in constant transformation until it "reaches maturity". This procedure lessens the color field ground while highlighting the importance of the faces or figures. Her work combines strange anthropomorphic creatures and comic version of personages from master paintings. With their bright colors and mildly cynical figuration, the painting engages is a delicate balancing act which is overcome by exquisite tension and delight.
JENNIFER J L JONES
Through her intuitive painting process, Atlanta artist Jennifer Jones wants people to understand her work within their own way own thinking, their own history. In a way, each viewer "finished" her painting with their own vision. She wants them to see something within them that she has never thought of herself.
Jones has reduced natural forms to iconic, silhouetted shapes in compositions that make landscapes the occasion for an extremely refined treatment of materials and painting surface. She investigates relations of dimension, proportion and shape. Her use of high gloss varnish as well as her meticulous stylization of branches and leaves slacken the tension between image and abstraction. Her compositions appear to be strongly influenced by Japanese prints. Her reason to paint is to "transform" something that possesses her. An apparition becomes asymmetry. She draws on the mysterious sources of inspiration and inventiveness to define her individuality in this world.
Anthony Liggins nominally monochromatic paintings are full of quiet dappled light. Interwoven with hatch marks, Liggins paintings are grid-based compositions staccato frenzies of colorful under painting overlaid with fragments as the result of a long series of controlled steps. He slowly builds up opaque but luminous areas of color. He creates a fluttering sensation with his irregular dots pressed on canvas and wood. He adds chopsticks wrapped in multicolor thread into fabric stitching which seem to knit together on the paintings surface. The patterned marks summon up aspects of Japanese textile design such as those used in children's kimonos. It suggests a more unified composition closer to an activated surface of chromatic variety.
Atlanta artist Ferdinand Rosa's new work dealing with allegorical abstraction is a sincere and humble submission to a spiritual experience he had in the Southwest. In moving away from representation, Rosa offers us a means of solace and uplift. His work is exemplary of freedom and spontaneity. It is influenced by American Indian culture and southwestern sunsets. He gives a new perspective to space and fills his canvases with symbols of a cultural moment in time. This new body of work has become a lot more complicated than it used to be. Composed of fuzzy passages of tomato and brick red, creams and dark green earth tones, the paintings are reminiscent of early American Indian tapestries. Rosa's airy allover painting is woven from the canvas's edges to the center or intrudes from the corners. In many works, nature's elements - sky, mountains, sun, light and reflection - are cast as abstract patches of vivid color.
Fay Gold Gallery
764 Miami Circle
Atlanta GA 30324
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So far this year has been anything but dull. I keep promising I will update everyone, but I am very behind on many things and admittedly a bit creatively scattered. Even with the help of my wonderful new assistant... somehow time eludes me. For the most part I've been in the new studio working hard to complete my latest paintings that will be featured in the show coming up at Fay Gold Gallery on February 11th. Invites will be sent out soon, but mark your calendars today so you can save the date!!
"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past.
You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy or any of your time, or any of your space."
It's a nice reminder to look ahead and so was the inspiration that hit me yesterday ... I thought about commenting on President Obama's Inaugural address... stepping up and taking responsibility and all really hit home... but then I realized he already said it and there really isn't anything else I need to add, so my only comment is "...yeah, what he said...." :)