October 31, 2013

Art Review: Grains of truth from Cassie Jones

‘Foreign Matter’ – paintings by Cassie Jones - is on view through Saturday at Aucocisco.

By Daniel Kany

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“To the Start”

Images courtesy of Aucocisco Galleries/Photography by Luc Demers

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“Like the Dickens”

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Secondly, such a move moves away from the brush-like scripture of the pen and linear narrative notions (i.e. linguistic and causal) of explanation towards relational and systems approaches to understanding and representing the world. Sprinkling different colored sand is like cooking – balancing flavors, juxtaposing, mixing and so on. Rather than acting like an author, Jones is acting like a chef who pulls something delicious together for us from other people’s gardens as well as her own.

Clockwork and game theory mechanisms are more apparent in some works than others such as “By and Large” and “Over and Out,” which both rock back and forth on two-color systems like a pendulum – or a seesaw.

Jones’s retro aesthetic pulls in the idea of play, but also fabrics – and the way design rolls with the times. Any of these works (particularly the smallest ones) looks like a closeup photographic of fabrics (this makes the sand-as-pixelization idea feel like a home run), which in turn speaks to the cosmological qualities of the work, since fabric implies endless continuum mirrored in the macro- and microcosms of our universe.

Some viewers will see Navajo sand paintings. Others will think of Zen and Buddhist practices, beaches or things that have nothing to do with sand or granularity.

What we all are witnessing, however, is the emergence of an extraordinary contemporary artist.

Freelance writer Daniel Kany is an art historian who lives in Cumberland. He can be contacted at:dankany@gmail.com

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“Over and Out”

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