June 15 - August 20, 2015
Esvelt Gallery is pleased to present Art of the Everyday, a collection of prints, ceramic sculpture, and other artistic documentation of the everyday by Columbia Basin College Alumnus, Randal Jones. The exhibition will open on June 15 and close on August 20, 2015, with a closing reception for the artist on August 20th at 6:30 PM. All events at Esvelt Gallery are free and open to the public.
The artwork presented in this exhibition uses a variety of media to uncover aspects of the everyday. By employing a material that can document a process, action, or event, the distance between a specific everyday experience and the artistic representation of that experience lessens and the boundaries between art and life become difficult to define.
This documentation uncovers marks, patterns, and compositions that would otherwise go unnoticed or undiscovered. As the activity is performed on a receptive surface, a record is being made over a specific amount of time, translating this history of action into a visual language of mark, impressions, scrapes, and scratches. In this way, movements made while asleep or from the rhythmic advances of the rising tide, are now made physically visible.
The content builds upon the Fluxus attitude, which sought to erode the boundaries between art and the everyday, and surautomatism, which took surrealist exercises in automatism to an absurd extreme, showing that indecipherable images produced through everyday activity, speak more about life than the use of symbols and artistic technique. This attitude allows necessary daily tasks to become art without being elevated to inspired vision. It is simple, unedited, autobiographical, and can be produced by anyone.
Randal Jones received his Associate Degree from Columbia Basin College in 2005, his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University in 2007, and his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University in 2010.
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