LOT23 is very pleased to present an exhibition of Paintings by Gavin Jones. This show is a stunning collection, a succinct and beautifully resolved body of work. They are unapologetic, self-contained and both honoring and questioning the painting tradition.
Jones sees the painting as a perceptual object, an object that both demands and informs a system. A system where each work informs the next. This organization structure links the works, they are versions in and of themselves… as each work is repeated with incidental alterations. An inventory emerges of incremental shifts, interruptions and error.
This process is a means to track and archive ideas and visual systems. But perhaps this repetition is a “coping mechanism, a means of tolerating chaos”. Jones muses if these “attempts are made to invoke the idea of ‘process as image’ whereby the paintings surface functions as a site of convergence, generating and framing itself as subject”. Itself and then a copy of itself, saturated with new and subtle inflections.
“How paintings are made, the formal processes involved in making paintings and the result this has on materiality is something that is central to my studio practice. Painting for me requires a framework, a system in which to mediate and trigger a tangible experience. Ngatu or tapa cloth painting provides me with the structure I need for such a system, specifically the rubbing and printing aspects of Ngatu. These rubbings act as a vehicle, subverting the uniqueness of painting as an object while undermining the repetitiveness often associated with printing and its copy. Under these conditions painting begins to function as a unique multiple.” Jones 2017