The Art Gallery at Western Wyoming Community College will open its newest exhibit, “Coincidences…. Mishaps,” by Wyoming artist David Jones, on Friday, Jan. 22. It will run through Thursday, Feb. 25. Jones’s work considers land-use issues in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West through the lens of scale-model images and other mediums.
Jones will give an artist’s talk about “Coincidences…. Mishaps” and his work process on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in the WWCC Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
Jones is an Instructional Art Technician at the University of Wyoming. He is originally from Augusta, Ga., and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Georgia in 2000. Jones resided in Birmingham, Ala., during the following year, when he worked casting iron in the Sloss Metal Arts Artist-in-Residency program, before going on to pursue his graduate degree. Jones received his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Tennessee in 2004.
Jones actively exhibits nationally, and his work is represented prominently in exhibitions throughout the Intermountain West in cities such as Denver, Colorado and Santa Fe.
After graduate school, Jones moved to Laramie, where he has lived for the past 11 years. In that time, he has developed a keen artistic interest not only in the landscape but in how that land is utilized. “Coincidences… Mishaps” examines that concept through lifelike, scale-model “sets” that Jones has designed for purposes of photographic and videographic representations.
“Since I moved to Wyoming, I have been interested in exploring ideas about land use in regards to governmental policy, supply and demand, and our priorities as a nation, as well as what the manmade elements found within the landscape can tell us about the human condition,” Jones says in his artists’ statement.
“The work that David will share with Western and the local community is an ongoing project,” explained WWCC Gallery Director and Professor of Art Florence McEwin, Ph.D. “David discovered an abandoned trailer and recreated that trailer in a scale model, which was photographed and then filmed while being destroyed. It became a removal surrogate for the original trailer. The artist controls his or her environment, whether within a painting or through non-traditional means.
“‘Coincidences… Mishaps’ is an intriguing presentation. The gallery works are photographs of the scale model and visual reference concepts that introduce ideas for the viewer to mull over,” McEwin said.
Jones notes that his artistic exploration takes other forms, including larger-scale outdoor works that often incorporate visual elements from the smaller-scale pieces. He also creates “experimental interactions with the landscape, which take place in more remote settings in the western region. These often take shape in the form of video, performance, and ephemeral site-specific works.”
“One vein of thought often informs the other,” the artist states. “The common thread which all three bodies of work share is that they all serve as an investigation into the landscape regardless of the form they take. Whether it is a literal interpretation such as the scale-model works, or one that poses more questions than answers, such as the experimental works, the landscape is their common ground.”
The WWCC Art Gallery is pleased to present “Coincidences…. Mishaps,” by artist David Jones, at the Rock Springs campus from Friday, Jan. 22, until Thursday, Feb. 25. For more information on this exhibit or on the forthcoming artist’s talk, please contact Gallery Director and Professor of Art Florence McEwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.