Saturday, July 31, 2010

Blog Bragging About: Artist, Doug Fogelson

I love waking up with gratitude in my heart. It permeates and radiates and attracts the most seductive and beautiful parts of life...

Image: ©Doug Fogelson • Georgia-04

In my wonderful journey as an artist, I've met many unique and creative people from all around the world... including the talented and diverse group of artists I was fortunate to know and be close friends with at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. One of these incredible artists is my dear friend, renowned artist, Doug Fogelson. Doug has had a positive affect on so many individuals throughout his involvement in the arts... he is in the midst of an exploding career on the rise and it pleases me to no end to see he is receiving such high praise and international notoriety for his work (including his publishing efforts and many noted collaborations.) He has become quite an inspiration to me over the past years as I've seen no break in his growth, focus and determination as he continues pushing boundaries through his work. It fills my heart with pure joy to know that he is being recognized and enjoying his well deserved success!

Image: ©Doug Fogelson • Georgia-03

Recently, Doug sent out a request to his many friends throughout the U.S. to assist him on a project he was working on for his solo exhibition called "Field Work", which is about the magic embedded in the familiar and aims to discover anew certain profound aspects of life. All we had to do was send him two cups of dirt from where we lived and I was one of the luckies to be of assistance! As a painter, my life is one of mostly solitary studio work, so to participate in something outside of the studio (even as small as digging in the dirt and shipping off via FedEx) was a little bit of fun. Suprisingly to me, the FedEx employee said, "wow! another person asking for GA dirt, huh? You'd be amazed how much dirt we ship!" It was even insured for $100. automatically. I loved every part of being a tiny part of this process.

Image: ©Doug Fogelson • Georgia-01

Doug recently shared these images with me that he created using the dirt from Georgia and he's graciously granted me permission to share them here with all of you. Hope you all enjoy... Below is a bit more information on this series/exhibit and I'm only too proud to blog-brag about such a great artist and friend. Congrats to you, Douglas! I look forward to seeing more of your work in person and reading more reviews in the near future!

“Field Work” begins with the dirt itself. The rudimentary “ground zero” of here is the culmination of thousands of years of decay and erosion. Depending on location it takes approximately five hundred to one thousand years to create just one inch of topsoil. An important part of my exhibition will be exposing the soil directly to 8x10 inch transparency film to create vibrant color photograms of this substance. The resulting large abstracted prints immerse the viewer into the pure form comprised of plant, animal, and mineral decay so vital to life on earth."
~Doug Fogelson
"Field Work" is Doug's solo exhibition opening on August 13th at the Chicago Urban Art Society Gallery. Please check out his show if you're in the Chicago area (show runs through September 25th.)

Image: ©Doug Fogelson • Georgia-02

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer Update

July is quickly coming to an end... it's been a full, interesting few weeks and I feel extremely blessed for everything. Since my last post in June, I've managed to stay rather busy, which prompted me to finally hire on a couple of temporary assistant/interns. This allowed me a bit of time to begin writing the first few pages of my book, complete a few new beautiful commissioned paintings... here is one image installed...

"Kigo", 48"x60", ©JenniferJLJones • Private Collection, Savannah, GA

I've also been making a bit of time to work with my new webmaster for the updating/revamping of my website (hopefully set to launch early August). Unfortunately I've been spending more time than I'd like seeking out the best artist software available (not an easy task), but I balanced that headache out by making plans for upcoming international travel. I need it! (More on that later...)

I was fortunate to enjoy a lovely get away up to Newport, R.I. & Martha's Vineyard to see very dear friends over the 4th and was admittedly a bit sad to come back to Atlanta. The Vineyard just steals a bit more of my heart each time I visit. Sigh....

Newport, R.I.

Fast Ferry to the Vineyard

Vineyard Haven- truly a haven

The beautiful garden we woke up to each morning and drank coffee and talked about life and art and love and everything under the sun... was so relaxing! My gratitude to Jess, Mike & Judy!!

I did manage to return to the studio with inspiration from the trip though and started my new "Earthshine" series, which will debut this coming October at three different locations....

New Paintings by Jennifer J L Jones
Debut: October 2010

Earthshine is the moon's night side reflected from the surface of the Earth, and to be more specific, the clouds are creating the reflection. In the same way, if we remove ourselves from our own perspective and look at our situations from a different perspective, perhaps we too will see the glow that emanates from the clouds surrounding us. Sometimes even the slightest shift in our perspective can make the biggest difference. The "Earthshine" series represents my journey in seeking the light within the dark; changing perspective to see the greater good and growth at hand; and having the courage to trust the process of looking past shadows to find the light and beauty of inner truth.

...AND last, but not least, I've signed on with Pryor Fine Art Gallery! We have a show already lined up for my work in January, but I'll be getting new work to them in the interim, so no worries, my local-lites!

So, lots and lots of painting going on and to come along with more news and announcements surely to follow over the next few weeks... for now I leave you, my dear readers with best wishes and promises to share as much beauty with you as possible.

I welcome August with an open heart with all the inspiration it wishes to provide as I am ready to push my work to a new level. I hope this quick update finds you all well and enjoying this season to its fullest.

My sincere thanks for your ongoing support!!!