Photos Taken #drawings, refers to the artist’s vast collection of other peoples photographs culled from the internet and her process of turning those images into a drawing device like charcoal or ink. For this exhibition, Jones has produced a body of work that literally and conceptually draws connections between how we organize and interpret imagery in the digital realm, where the archives of visual information are in a constant state of growth and evolution.
Merging “Remix Culture” with traditional mark making, Jones groups and connects stock photos of lightning bolts, end to end, to draw a series of circles. Each of these pieces is executed with a different and distinct line quality, including bold, thin, feathered, overlapping, meandering, and fluid linear scores. She uses this same approach to make increasingly complex, large-scale drawings of urban animals captured in mid air. Taking singular form amidst an abundance of images, dogs and rabbits appear to be leaping through time, space and different rural, suburban and municipal locales.
Jones creates other drawings by deconstructing single photographs of hot air balloons. By removing the backgrounds of the initial images, the balloons are reduced to isolated shapes and blocks of color. Further investigating methods for creating line and contour, the excerpts are then duplicated multiple times and meticulously arranged to illustrate woven patterns, silhouette profiles, botanic arrangements and aquatic creatures. These compositions allow singularity and multiplicity of image to exist simultaneously.
Jones received a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon. Her work has been displayed in various museums and gallery exhibitions
CASSANDRA C. JONES: Photos Taken #drawings
Exhibition Dates: April 21 through May 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Eli Ridgway Gallery
172 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Press release and image provided by the gallery.