Jennie C. Jones “Tone”

Sikkema, Jenkins & Co

poster for Jennie C. Jones “Tone”

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Tone continues Jennie C. Jones’ exploration of the confluences between abstract visual art and African American avant-garde music. At its core her work encompasses cultural, political, and historical ideas surrounding minimalism. As Evelyn Hankins, Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden has said of her work: “Through the most subtle of means, Jones encourages us to re-examine what is missing from the legacy of modernism, and she asks us to reconsider the formal, metaphorical, and historic possibilities—even the promise—of absence.”

Making use of acoustic absorber panels originally designed to reduce sound reflections in recording studios and public performance spaces, Jones’ “acoustic paintings” are visually grounded in the reductive strategies of minimalist ideology. With a close attention given to the canvas edge, these works are often created to reflect or bounce halos of painted color onto the surrounding gallery wall. This suggests both the physicality and transcendent quality of sound, or, in short, the visual reverberation and representation of a tone.

In expanding her interest in graphic scores – the representation of music through the use of visual symbols outside the realm of traditional music notation – and what the artist refers to as the “geometry of listening,” Jones has begun to create an alphabet of her own.

Also included in the exhibition are a series of works on paper as well as a digitally edited audio collage comprised of manipulated feedback tones and mindfully selected sections from acoustic recordings.

Tone explores the liminal space between musical note, line, gesture, and even the constructions of cultural location, in order to excavate the very notion of a longing that reaches towards an understanding of abstraction in itself.

Jennie C. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1968 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her Masters of Fine Art degree in 1996. Prior to that she attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art, with Fellowship, in 1991.



from March 06, 2014 to April 05, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-03-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


Jennie C. Jones

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