The latest group exhibition at Rod Barton Gallery showcases the work of Gabriele Beveridge, Tomas Downes and Stuart Elliot, a John Jones artist surfaces client. Working across mediums of sculpture, photography and painting, the works on display have an open and fragmentary nature, allowing them to reflect off and communicate with one another. ‘The gestural surfaces of Stuart Elliot’s paintings mimic the images of ruptured concrete shielded under tinted glass in Tomas Downes’ floor sculptures. These in turn are reflected in the dappled faux granite and complex imagery within Gabriele Beveridges assemblages’. Drawing comparisons between the pieces forces the spectator to consider the negative space around them, their own physicality and that of the gallery space.
Rod Barton Gallery
One Page Street
‘Asbestos Curtain’ is the latest exhibition at Galleries Goldstein, making a significant contribution to the ‘comic abstraction’ movement, as coined by MOMA in 2007. Within the works, small and seemingly insignificant objects, that had been seen but not noticed, are suddenly emphasized in a new kind of narrative storytelling. These objects are freed from their context and allowed to move, change and mutate, escaping the boundaries of the frame. By stripping the objects back to their barest of forms, James Boaden writes that they ‘tell us as much about ourselves as the human race’, and are shrouded in an uneasy nostalgia for the viewer. ‘These works are surreal in the sense that they find the marvelous deep within everyday sources and bring them to the fore in all their distorted, mutated majesty’. Artists on display include Edwin Burdis, Marten Daamgard, Horfe, Husk Mit Navn, Alec Kronacker, Rob Logan, Russell Maurice, Mark Mulroney, Andro Semeiko, Ken Sortais, Daniel Sparke and Willem Weismann.
20 Coronet Street
John Jones is always looking for ways in which to work with the local community and is delighted to be hosting an opportunity for this group. The event promises to be a special chance to find out more about what we do on Friday 22nd July from 2pm until 4pm. Islington Exhibits is an initiative to unlock hidden venues in Islington and give artists and craft persons a space to display their work, produced by Rowan Arts with Cubitt Education, Holloway Neighbourhood Group and St. Luke's Centre. If you would like to book your space to attend this insight into the design studios and workshops at John Jones please don't hesitate to get in touch.
4 Morris Place,
John Jones is proud to be supporting The Royal Parks Foundation as official framer for this collection of inspiring works - an amazing, year-long photographic record by eminent Russian-born photographer Sasha Gusov with a launch at Halcyon Gallery. The photographs form part of a publication of a stunning new book. All proceeds from sales of the book, plus limited-edition of the photographs, will go to benefit the Royal Parks Foundation – the charity that helps keep 5,000 acres of London green space safe and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. The Parks have had their budget cut by 25% in the recent government spending review, which makes The Royal Parks Foundation fundraising efforts even more important if they are to help save posts such as wildlife and education officers – which otherwise will disappear. We hope you will join us in supporting this very worthwhile project.
24 Bruton Street
John Jones is delighted to have been a sponsor for this project to celebrate the European Year of Volunteering. This exhibition, held at Europe House in Smith Square, brings together 26 works by photographers representing 26 participating countries, whose work either engages directly with the voluntary sector, or with closely related social issues. The photographers participating in the exhibition come from a range of backgrounds, including photojournalism, fine art and documentary practice, and the selected works cover subjects ranging from homelessness, to displaced populations, social care, rehabilitation and disaster relief. While many of the photographs relate directly to issues within the European Union, in other cases photographers from EU nations have travelled to sites around the world to depict critical events and situations. The aim of the exhibition is not only to illustrate circumstances and issues of concern, but also to raise awareness of the importance of active participation and volunteering as a positive response. Curated for EUNIC by Simon Baker (curator of photography and international art, Tate), and Ines de Bordas, with support from the cultural attachés of the 26 participating countries.
12 Star Gallery
32 Smith Square
Working together for the first time on a collaborative exhibition, Whisper Gallery and Black Rat Projects have produced ‘URBAN PRINT’. The collection showcases works by renowned contemporary street artists including Banksy, D*Face, Shepard Fairey, Matt Small, Swoon and Nick Walker alongside originals by Horn Head and STATIC. The recently opened Whisper Gallery focuses on the most innovative and exciting ways in which printmakers are working today, exploring process and technique and questioning our current expectations from printmaking. John Jones has previously enjoyed working with Black Rat Projects, a fantastic initiative developing the careers of artists who combine traditional techniques with contemporary imagination. For details on visiting this exciting collection, please click on the link below.
27/28 Eastcastle Street
The Foto8 Summershow is a photographic spectacle, a veritable ‘salon de photographie’ – an inspiring array of framed and mounted images of all shapes and sizes, installed from floor to ceiling. London’s prestigious HOST Gallery in EC1 is the setting for the Summershow where 150 images will be exhibited: to be seen and judged by respected industry professionals from the photography, arts and media worlds. Attracting over 2000 entries from 40 countries, this award has grown to become an established event recognised for showcasing and supporting dynamic new work from emerging and established contemporary photographers. The judges This year included:Richard Billingham, Photographer; Emma Morris, Director: Photoworks; James Reid, Director of Photography: Wallpaper; Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director: National Media Museum Bradford. We are wishing Neil Hall - John Jones client - the very best of luck and hope that the show is a huge success.
This exhibition showcases the work of the eleven international artists selected for the Florence Trust 2011 Studio Residency Programme. The work spans a broad range of medium including painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video. The project is accompanied by a full colour catalogue with a foreword by the Director, Paul Bayley and a catalogue essay by writer Colin Perry. Most of the artists involved have used John Jones throughout the year and we wish them every success for the show.
John Jones has worked with Jealous Gallery in the preparation for the much anticipated solo show. The opening is on 8th July and we wish the gallery and Charming Baker every success for what promises to be a sell out show. The art world has surrendered to the firepower of Charming Baker, a painter whose unconventional methods include mixing oils with buckshot. Baker’s juxtaposition of nostalgia with sex and death is grown-up and playful, his work hauntingly beautiful and intentionally bothersome.
16 Mercer Street,
We are proud to be working with Idea Generation Gallery to present the first ever full retrospective of Brian Duffy - a man who changed the face of British photography. The first ever full-career retrospective of this legendary photographer will open July 8th at Idea Generation Gallery, coinciding with the publication of Duffy – the first and only book of his work. Duffy infamously quit photography in 1979 when, at the height of his career, he took the majority of his photographic work into the back garden and set it on fire. Featuring more than 160 images painstakingly rediscovered by Duffy’s son after years of searching through archives and publications around the world, this exhibition has truly risen from the ashes.
Duffy’s newly restored body of work firmly cements his place in British photography as part of the notorious ‘Black Trinity’ that defined the visual language of swinging sixties London. The resulting collection of iconic, rare and unseen works provides a veritable catalogue of 60s and 70s cultural iconography: from Hollywood royalty Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Sidney Poitier; to the greatest rock stars John Lennon, David Bowie and Debbie Harry; through to sixties beauties Jean Shrimpton and Joanna Lumley; the literary legend William Burroughs and many more. “The thing about the photograph is there’s no smell or sound, and in a sense it tells the truth, and yet it is a lie.” Duffy
Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
A collaboration between the Royal Society and the Open University has resulted in an interesting exhibition that will appeal to both art and science enthusiasts. ‘Crystal World’ explores modern artists’ fascination with crystalised forms and objects. Whilst they are important substances in many scientific disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, environmental science and physics, their powerful visual presence and metaphorical associations have also intrigued artists and philosophers over many centuries. John Jones was delighted to assist in the framing for this event.
The Royal Society
6 Carlton House terrace
‘Friendship of the Peoples’ invites forty artists to exhibit uniform size works on paper, spanning across a variety of mediums including photography, painting, print, collage and drawing. The diversity is held together by the central theme that all the images are rooted in the idea of the poster, a powerful tool of mass communication. Collectively, the show explores our willingness to conform and belong to a sense of community, whilst simultaneously dealing with our desires to assert individual identity. The works function as both communicative and symbolic, reflecting the rousing nature of the poster as it encourages involvement in the modern day. John Jones installation and presentation team is delighted to have worked with Simon Oldfield Gallery on this project.
Simon Oldfield Gallery
9 Henrietta Street