New Clear Dawn
Jeffrey Cortland Jones
February 17 – March 24, 2018
Opening Reception February 17 6:30-8:30, Artist talk 5:30-6:00
There are visual moments from everyday life that often escape one’s consciousness. The way in which the color planes of sky and sea meet at a distant, indecipherable point on the horizon; the layering of color patches that mask graffiti tags on the side of a building; a cadence of rubber tire marks built up on the highway median. It is overlooked moments like these that inform the paintings of Jeffrey Cortland Jones and his exhibition “New Clear Dawn” at Galleri Urbane this winter, calling for one to take a slower, closer look.
Upon first glance, Cortland Jones’ paintings appear to be composed of layered blocks of white and grays with the occasional splash of color. Their clean presentation, sheets of acrylic floating away from the wall, further enforce a tendency to be perceived as minimal and stoic. Given further examination, however, and the works reward viewers with so much more: surfaces that fluctuate between matte and glossy, layers that have been painted, sanded, buffed, and scraped, and whites
that reveals themselves to be anything but white.
In discussing his interest in color, Cortland Jones has once quoted Josef Albers’ remarks: “Colors present themselves in continuous flux, constantly related to changing neighbors and changing conditions.” The paintings in “New Clear Dawn" undoubtedly drive this idea. Shapes of color are taped off and applied, only to be painted over, pushed back, and altered by what veils it. One plane of white reads as warm when placed to another plane of white that appears more cool. A slightly transparent layer is placed over a fully saturated color to create yet another element in the artists’ visual vocabulary. At a standard 14 x 11 inches, their modest size demand a more personal confrontation between viewer and painting. It is in this intimate approach that Cortland Jones’ paintings truly reveal themselves, bestowing viewers the ability to see things that others may take for granted.
An opening reception for “New Clear Dawn” will take place at Galleri Urbane Dallas on Saturday, February 17th, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 pm, and a conversation with the artist will take place at 5:30 pm.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones is a painter, curator, and professor who lives in Southwestern Ohio. He has a BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, respectively. His work has been widely exhibited in over 150 solo and group exhibitions across the country as well as abroad, from Scotland to Australia, and has been included in numerous publications such as New American Paintings, Art LTD magazine, and Contemporary Art Review LA. In addition to making work, Jeffrey also actively curates exhibitions at a number of galleries and alternative spaces, including DIVISIBLE, a project space he co-founded in 2014.