Janet Jones: DaDa Delirium
Art Gallery of Northumberland
Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West
Cobourg, ON K9A 2M2
March 24 through May 5, 2012
Opening Saturday March 31, 2:00-4:00 pm
Curator: Stuart Reid
Originated by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
In this series of recent paintings, Toronto artist Janet Jones probes our fascination with the future. Her process begins with taking black and white photographs of sterile public spaces, such as the lobbies of multinational corporations and underground passages. Each image is observed, recorded, transmitted, digitalized, and frozen as if projected onto a screen. The absence of brushstrokes contributes to the apparent flatness of these paintings. As psychological impressions of the urban environment, Jones' imagery represents places that are everywhere and nowhere: the hybrid spaces of our globalized environment that collapse the experiential and the technological, near and far, real and virtual. Jones is interested in the sublime, but a new sublime, a techno-sublime. Using light and thin layers of fluorescent colour, she infiltrates these dark, cavernous spaces, turning the ominous into the illuminated while underscoring the ecstatic blur of technology.
Janet Jones has exhibited across Canada as well as in New York, Los Angles, England, Germany, France and China. An Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at York University in Toronto, she has served as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Director of the MFA Graduate Program in Visual Arts. Jones received her MFA from York University and her PhD from New York University in the area of art theory and criticism.
Janet Jones is represented by Katzman/Kamen Gallery, Toronto.
DaDa Delirium was curated by Stuart Reid for the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound in 2009. This is the third venue for this national touring exhibition. A catalogue with essays by Stuart Reid, Director/Curator Rodman Hall Art Centre, Professor Neill Tenhaaf, York University and an interview with the artist by Geogiana Uhlyarik, Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario, accompanies the exhibition.