Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Thursday - Double Header

Jeffery Cortland Jones
Installing Exhibition

     This Thursday kicks off a months array of worthwhile and exciting exhibitions here in Indianapolis. Typically June through August offers few exciting options for art exhibitions but this month is sure to stand out I think. With some exciting gallery openings this weekend, installation nation's sophomore effort, and then next week's grand opening of the IMA's Art and Nature Park. So, plan your dinner arrangements or nightly entertainment for tomorrow around the opening, artists receptions at Dean Johnson Gallery and Christopher West Presents. 

Jefferey Cortland Jones will be exhibiting his second solo show in Indianapolis, his first with Christopher West Presents. Needless to say, I have long been a fan of his work and these pieces are amazing. I had the pleasure of helping out with the install of this show of new diptych paints. Some of you may remember his work from last years exhibition at Mt. Comfort Gallery. Those new to his work, you can get a sense of his paintings from the image above (more on CWP's web site) but I must emphasis that these works need to be seen in person. They are quite subtle and therefore difficult to photograph. If you are a fan of abstraction, painting and/or reductivist works, be sure to come out and see this show. Come Thursday and meet the artist. 

In the adjoining rooms, Dean Johnson Gallery, check out the fabulous stools by Ted Ross a recent MFA grad from Herron. If you missed seeing these at the recent showing at the Herron Gallery, now is your chance to see them again. Their clean lines and intriguing presentation is worth it. If I had the cash I would certainly be walking away with a new piece of furniture by Ted Ross and a fabulous new diptych by Jefferey Cortland Jones. 

(Note to self, I still need to commission a piece by Nick Allman, also on view in the space).

The National Front Disco
Enamel on Acrylic Panel
8″ x 21″

A Rush and a Push
Jeffrey Cortland Jones

at Christopher West Presents
Artist Reception, Thursday June 3rd, 5pm - 8pm
First Friday: June 4, 2010 5–9pm

christopher west presents is pleased to announce a A Rush and a Push, an exhibition of new paintings by Cincinnati–based Jeffrey Cortland Jones. Opening reception for the artist will take place on Thursday, June 3rd from 5 pm until 8 pm. The exhibition will run through June 26th.

Jones, a native of East Tennessee, received his MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati in 2000. He sees painting as a physical activity and a material process rather than as a language that conveys narrative meaning. He is interested in how chance happenings and the union of formal opposites such as geometric versus organic and controlled versus spontaneous, challenge and instruct the work. His work has recently been exhibited in New York City; Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia, PA; St. Louis, MO; Atlanta, GA; Indianapolis, IN; Nashville, TN, and Chicago, IL; as well as in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Haifa, Israel; and Berlin, Germany. This is his first exhibition at the gallery.

New Work by Ted Ross

at Dean Johnson Design
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 3, 2010 5–8pm
First Friday: June 4, 2010 5–9pm

Ted Ross was born in Nashville, Tennessee and received his MFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. In his work, Ross attempts to muddle through the very nature of simple aesthetics. His works are not typical furniture forms, and thus require the viewer to attach their own meaning and use, making the work very personal to the user. Ross, deeply rooted in the traditions of craft, incorporates non–traditional materials like fiberglass and acrylic in his unique forms. Ross has had exhibitions in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. This is his first solo–exhibition with the gallery.

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