Friday, March 23, 2012

Otis Jones

Orange Circle
My art review for a September show in 2011

The art gallery season has begun and many of the galleries are launching this year with their best stable artists. Holly Johnson Gallery is beginning this seasonwith another great show by artist Otis Jones. A Texas native, Otis Jones proves our region is vibrant and relevant to the rest of the art world.

Often labeled as minimalist, I see a more nuanced approach that moves beyondthis limited tag. Jones seems to use minimalist ideas as a starting point, but his rough rounded edges, which have a softening effect, makes the work feel moreinformal. I am fond of Otis Jones' loose layered paint which invites you to takea closer look. Jones will further entice you through his creation of noticeablemarks on the painting.

Otis Jones’ show has a great deal of subtle variety in each work. The group of paintings shifts hues and textures. Some are flat, others are smooth and polished, while others are more like the cratered surface of the moon. I admire his attention to the paintings edges – how the paintings seem to flow around the sides, rather than the standard 90 degree angle. Along with the rounded edges, Jones noticeable use of staples, and the increased thickness of the wooden supports seems to turn these paintings into objects.

I enjoy the feeling of process in these paintings. He uses a plaster ground, then multi-layers the paint, while sanding and painting again to create a richly intense surface. You can easily imagine Jones adding and subtracting paint to create these heavily worked paintings. With this kind of painting process, I would think finishing a painting would be a great challenge.

Otis Jones' work is in permanent collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, MIT List isual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas, among many other institutions, corporate, and privet collectors. Jones received his BFA from Kansas State and received his MFA from the University of Oklahoma. In 1982, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts. The Visual Artists Fellowship Grant.
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