Monday, February 23, 2015

The Virtual Archive: Alison Jones

From Absorb to Zoom: An Alphabet of Actions in the Women's Art Library, my site-specific installation of digital prints with content derived from the Women's Art Library, will be on view at Goldsmiths College from 2 - 30 March 2015, with an opening reception on 7 March from 2-4 pm.

In tandem with the project, I am inviting selected artists with documentation in the WAL archive to send me images of recent work to feature on this project blog. 

Alison Jones' striking paintings conflate art history and feminist critique. She describes her subject matter here: 

The subject matter of my paintings is the world of art and culture seen through the pages of international lifestyle magazines. The paintings often focus on iconic artworks by modern and contemporary masters (Picasso, De Kooning Dubuffet, Ruff, Newton) situated within their owners' homes. In these images I find the messy entanglements of economic, cultural and erotic capital in private collections of art, furniture and fashion fascinating. 

Masterpieces. Born into one of MOMA’s founding families, Arianna Rockefeller designs
a gallery-worthy collection of summer frocks, 
2014, watercolour on paper, 42 x 29 cm    

Typically these adopt a feminine outsiders position of vicariously enjoying others' luxury, taste and distinction, and I usually appropriate their title from the journalism of the original source material.

La Serpentine, Matisse, Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
2014, watercolour on paper, 42 x 29 cm

The Artist’s Girlfriend, 2014, watercolour on paper, 152 x 121cm    

The Barye Bronze, the Ruff ‘Nude’ 2, 2013, watercolour on paper, 152 x 242cm

Collector 1, 2012, watercolour on paper, 42 x 29 cm 

Alison Jones:         

Women's Art Library:

Anne Krinsky:          

From Absorb to Zoom: