"Jones gives us a gray space that is not usable, but is rich in metaphorical possibility. The placement of her camera is powerfully alienating. She manages to transform contractor’s protective sheathing into veils, shrouds, and transformative filters. There are references here to entombment, but alternately there are optical phenomena that seem to celebrate light and space. Downtown construction is re-contextualized into a space where we feel encouraged to meditate upon its nature and meaning. Spaces are enclosed, and we are denied access to them at the same time that familiar forms are transformed into something transcendent."Read More
Swan Coach House is pleased to present GRAY SPACE the work of Kelly Kristin Jones, winner of the 2015-16 Emerging Artist Award!
April 15 - May 26, 2016
About GRAY SPACE:
The construction site is the embodiment of GRAY SPACE,
characterized by ambiguity and openness. Situated between
otherwise defined areas of the city, it bears witness to what was and what may be. Jones documents a rite of passage: a temporary urbanscape which is no longer one thing but not quite another.
Plastic sheeting, installed to protect and manage detritus at
construction sites, allows for a new photographic representation of the landscape. The sites’ transitional nature, part material/part immaterial, is clearly rendered within the shadowy and blurred abstract photographs. Jones captures a state between destruction and new life.
Atlanta, a city which destroys to build anew, forces a continually reconsidered identity. Being surrounded and upended by a shifting GRAY SPACE has an emotional effect. The concrete alteration of the city affects the psyche. GRAY SPACE encourages contemplation of both a physical and metaphysical transformation.
This will be a wild week as I've just installed my Vacant Domain series on a MARTA red line train here in Atlanta, GA! We spent the day yesterday riding around and introducing Sunday riders to the work and the concepts behind. What an amazing opportunity and big thanks to Atlanta Celebrates Photography, MARTA, Jennifer Schwartz and Amy Miller for the opportunity.
I am thrilled (THRILLED) to announce that I have received the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Many thanks to the FAF Committee and to the other Finalists!
My first museum exhibition... wow.
I am so happy to report that "Vine City" is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art - Georgia as part of their GATHERED exhibition now through April 11, 2015.
Come see the work - along with other incredible works make by Georgia-based artists!
"The intent of this exhibition is not to do a survey or to find a common theme, but to assemble in one exhibition some of the best work currently being produced in Georgia. By having this open call, MOCA GA is pleased to mount an exciting and thoughtful exhibition of work which embraces artists from around our State and at the same time fulfills MOCA GA’s mission of producing programs that promote the visual arts and create a forum for active interchange between artists and the community."
Happy to contribute to the 16th Annual Art Papers Art Auction. The auction and party is on Saturday, February 21 in Atlanta, GA. Featuring over 200 artworks by established and emerging artists from Atlanta and beyond, the Art Papers auction is the signature art party that kicks off Atlanta's art year. The evening includes a well-stocked cash bar, complimentary bites by some of Atlanta's favorite chefs and restaurants, and an Art Papers photo booth.
You can check out my work up for auction online here.
The decision to head up to Chattanooga was a last minute one - we'd had other plans for the evening. After stopping for coffee and a biscuit, we began to slowly make our way into and through the city. It was dark. Really dark. And, more quiet than expected.
Using my GPS and my notes made late one night in Atlanta while dreaming about expanding this project - we found some of Chattanooga's largest empty lots. I set up my camera on a tripod and made some test shots before building out the image with the LED tubes modeled after the shape of the same lot.
I suppose this is a way to explore another city and its' clearings that remain. Imagine! Here we stand in the center of a vibrant urban landscape and we are enveloped in darkness - only a few lit tubes lighting our path and giving a glimpse of the space ahead.
I'm not sure what this means. I'm not sure what I'm trying to prove - not even sure that I'm trying to prove ANYTHING.
I paired the images with statements about Chattanooga found on social media sites. The text and image each bring their own kind of sharpened perspective on the cityscape.
I'm continuing to look for ways to document/acknowledge/reposition vacant lots across Southeastern cities.... so now, fruit?