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Published in conjunction with the artist’s first New York solo show of recent work since 1988. Consisting of paintings, painting/sculpture hybrids and an animated video, Bystander marks a return to the city where he lived briefly in the mid-1960s and which left a profound impression. As an early and key player in British Pop, Jones and his compatriots, like R.B. Kitaj and David Hockney, set out to disrupt the staid academicism of the Royal College of Art through the embrace and reuse of commercial subject matter.
In this exhibition Jones presents a related group of painting/sculpture combinations that pair hand-painted fiberglass figures, perched on movable stools, with purely abstract canvases that appear to have expelled them into the third dimension. The figures can be nude in relation to the canvases, creating changeable and dynamic interplays. The punning titles (Bystander, Kind of Blue, and Backdrop) hint at purely formal considerations, but the effect of the painted nudes is visceral and indicative of the continued resonance of Jones’ long career.
Publisher: Marlborough Gallery