Nancy Jones: Introspection
On view through May 2019
Nancy Jones is a multi-media artist and visual philosopher, based in Berlin.
In the last six months I’ve been reading, thinking and speaking with others about the construction of artist biography. Last Summer I traveled to Berlin to visit my friend Nancy. Book shopping at Motto I came across a collection of essays entitled Public Abstraction. The title defined a feeling I have when Nancy and I spend time tighter. Time feels malleable and the crowd recedes. Every object and experience are the subject of analysis using a lexicon constructed from shared experiences, pleasures and humiliations.
Nancy and I have been friends almost as long as I’ve known my business partner and co-founder of Prairie Underground. One of our earliest imprints, Nancy demonstrated how to be an artist and to this day instructs us on how to remain an artist. The sacrifices she has made to produce work, scholarship and family are inventions of great improvisational skill and intellectual distance.
In a year of fewer exhibitions of greater personal meaning, our Artist Series in 2019 begins with one of our favorite authors, Nancy Jones. The work and life she has created has kept us enthralled for decades.
Her most recent series of watercolors contain persistent reminders of heightened perception, the reduction of aura through technology and our navigation within and identification of groups.
– Davora M. Lindner
“This work references configured codes both familiar and new, creating complexity with dialects of representational scenes.”
– Nancy Jones
Our Artist Series launched in 2015 as a non-commercial gallery and social practice focused on emerging artists mostly in our region to create space for art and dialogue in Georgetown. At times we’ve endeavored to display the purpose of our gallery as much as the work itself. It’s a manner of working that is also evident in our design practice and proposals.
An exhibition of one of one our primary muses is both intentional and misleading. This sub-curatorial approach brings into relief a dual interest in confirming and resisting biography. The use of artist biography for marketing and sequestering of identity is the focus our 2019 Artist Series. These exhibitions will enact personal bias and perform identities. They have been conceived to indulge the ambition of artists and project the personal histories of others as a form of self-portraiture.