I have curated a painting exhibition titled, SIX, for the Janice Charach Gallery, located within the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The show will open Sunday, January 14 and run thru February 22, of 2018. The six aratists I have selected to participate in the show include; Emilee Arter, Andrew Blake, Megan Parry, Catherine Peet, Carl Wilson and myself. The following is a statement I have prepared for the exhibition;
The act of painting encompasses all of human expression...this is its inherent desire; which exists in the magnetism between an image and object. Painting is a synthesis of the imagination and reality, the unknowable and the known; it is a dynamic interrelationship of content and form that provides a basis for its syntax and comprehension. The language of painting is internal, in the place of ideas, yet simultaneously it is about the concrete materiality of the object directly in front of us. Paintings operate in the interchangeable region between thinking (idea) and image (object).
I believe that painting, perhaps more than any other media, allows for an infinite variety and diversity of expression. Most painters display layers of multiple influences in their work and tend to eschew the limitations of any one particular label all with the intent to develop a personalized language. The process of painting is non linear and often defies the tidiness of singular classification; its nature is elusive and subversive. Paint can be anything; the material itself, an action, a process of making, a reference to historical precedent, a literal representation, a scribbling of lines, a calling for its own death, or something headily conceptual; its thick or thin, gooey, viscous consistency is imbedded with all of human experiences and open to infinite readings and shifting interpretations. Painting is a language like no other – its messy, ambiguous, and polysemic nature has always fascinated me.
Each of the artists included in the exhibition have a widely different approach to their image making; they possess a vigorous desire to create; and their work presents a certain elegiac quality that is most human, accessible and inclusively connects us all. Each of the artists express vulnerability, longing, loss, and mortality that extends beyond the genres of representation and abstraction, as found in; Emilee Arter's stitched together temporal surfaces; Andrew Blake’s multi-layered accumulation of mark-making; a “dance on the grave” humor in Megan Parry’s Coffins; the wonder of infinite sky in Catherine Peet’s pieces; or the intimate and starkly human narratives in Carl Wilson’s images; and the potent affect of paint on the body in my work. The process involved with making art is demanding, solitary and willfully life affirming, as evidenced by the unique vision conjured by each of the painters; I strongly feel that the selected artists are deserving of your attention and celebration.
Dennis Michael Jones