Philadelphia, PA - February 7, 2002 - ArtJaz Gallery
is pleased to welcome back to Philadelphia Chicago Artist, André
Guichard and welcomes Jason E. Jones for his first exhibit in the city.
The show is entitled New Works. The artist reception will be held 5-8pm,
Friday, March 1. This show will run Friday, March 1 through April 13,
"Where do you come from? And whom do you call family?" we ask
André Guichard, painter and storyteller. His composition, rendered
from memory, weaves faces, places, his home and his family; It is heart
and soul as an historical record. His simply stated narrative is brought
to life with all of the vivid, brilliant color present in our waking memory
of last night’s dream. In the tradition of illuminated manuscripts
(which are hailed for their modest and reserved account of the most powerful
and complex parables), phosphoric color and radiant light transform banal
Guichard composes abstract collage from the various elements of his narrative.
The diptych, Sunrise Over St. Lucia I & II, are muted oil washes on
canvas. The paint is applied in such a way that lines merge and all but
disappear into the suggested space within the canvases, abstracting the
forms of the two landscapes. Their impressionistic quality suggests a
romantic memory and an idealization of the artist’s visit to some
distant and utopian retreat.
Jason E. Jones recounts history in abstract terms. Rather than simply
state what happened, what it was, where he’s from, Jones tells us
what its like. Like a snap shot or first impressions, his paintings capture
the ephemeral. In "Sunset in Fiji," we share a beautifully fragmented
sunset with an anonymous woman in a bright red sundress. So captivated
by her escape from the world and by her desire to enjoy this fleeting
moment, she never turns to acknowledge our gaze. Enveloped by the sunset’s
fragmented rays of red, orange, and yellow, these colors are mirrored
in her dress.
Jones’ portfolio transcends any specific style. Like the light through
a prism, Jones recreates photos of his family, his music, and his home
in a refracted, distorted and projected state. Images transfigure into
abstract texture that mirrors reality’s complexities.
"NEW WORKS : André Guichard and Jason E. Jones" will
be on exhibit March 1 — April 13, 2002. Opening Artist reception,
Friday, March 1, 2002 5pm-8pm. For more information, call 215-922-4800.
ArtJaz Gallery is located at 51 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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