Shawn Everett Jones will be exhibiting his newest series of paintings inspired by months that he recently spent in Taos, New Mexico. Jones has also offered to include two of his older, abstract expressionistic works.The presence of both of these series elucidates Jones’ exploration of form on the 2-D surface:
My work is about taking a glimpse behind the veil. It is about awareness and wonder in a mad, modern world.I am interested in the common elements in life and art. Who we are at the center, inside and away from the technology, the stress, the fast-paced illusion.I am interested in the parts of life that no one sees yet we share. The inside parts, the visceral: the emotion and the guts. I deal in the liquid, fluctuating thoughts and feelings that drive us as beings- the desires, impulses, attractions, confusions, fears, revelries, solitudes and visions that steer our course and propel us in our human journeys.
Maxwell Runko will be showing one of his large-scale woven portraits, along with two accompanying canvases. These chosen works deal directly with Runko’s exploration of human and connotative relationships. Runko elaborates on these themes in an Ink Magazine interview from earlier this year:
Right now something that really intriguing me are souvenirs, and the anthropology and sociology side of actually collecting souvenirs. Its kind of mind blowing, you don’t even realize it’s a science. Materials and materiality is also something a lot of my work deals with, like how materials interact and their connotations. I have almost a sort of fixation with materials. I’ll hoard them and save them all for things. And I’m interested in relationships. Between myself and a lover, myself and my brother, people’s relationship to the art… I like the idea of having some interaction occur, and making people work for something in my art. You can’t just give it ‘em on a silver platter, you know?
The works will be on exhibition the month of September at Monument City Coffee and Records, 306 A East Grace Street, Downtown Richmond, Virginia