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"Fundamental(ist): Paintings by Dennis Michael Jones"
2007-11-17 until 2007-12-23
Oakland University Art Gallery
Rochester, MI, USA United States of America

Fundamental(ist) New Paintings by Dennis Michael Jones will open November 17 - December 23, 2007 at Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, Michigan. The exhibitions opening reception will be Saturday, November 17 from 6:00-8:00PM. Jones artist talk will be held Sunday, November 18 at 2 oclock. Paintings are their own language - its akin to talking about talking about painting. The language of painting is internal, embedded in the place of ideas, yet at the same time its about the obvious concrete materiality of the object directly in front of us. - Dennis Michael Jones. Since 2004, Jones has actively promoted his work with a Premiere Portfolio at absolutearts.com

Fundamental(ist)

Paintings are easy to talk about if youíre talking to yourself, but become elusive when anothers eyes are involved. That said these paintings are about discourse. When Iím painting the discourse is private, between the painting and me. Itís akin to talking about talking about paintings. Paintings are their own language. Itís not about making a picture Ė and itís not about making something where the end result is utilitarian ―it is not intended for any purpose. The language of painting is internal, embedded in the place of ideas, yet at the same time itís about the obvious concrete materiality of the object directly in front of us. This duality (idea/object) is something that has always fascinated me.

The words we use in daily conversations enable us to navigate the world. Words (texts) are ubiquitous, but the language of painting (syntax), for most, is something forgotten in early childhood. Paintings operate in the interchangeable region between thinking (language) and image (object).

This series of paintings create discourse regarding the nature of belief following a postmodern paradigm that examines image and imagination over reality.

Dennis Michael Jones

View more of Jones work in his Portfolio at absolutearts.com.

IMAGE
Dennis Jones
Title: promised land
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Oil Painting
Width: 176 inches
Height: 111 inches
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