Jason Jones – ‘Self Observed’
20 March – 24 April 2009
‘Self Observed’ attempts to re-evaluate the typical male within contemporary painting. Drawing on aspects of the pressure and stress of modern living, work, emotional, sociological and psychological interaction, the works explore the tension and conflict that can exist, but is not necessarily seen, between the body/self and external forces, stimuli and physical surroundings.
The compositions document the relationship between the role of the modern male – his aspirations and expectations, his rapport with modern living and everyday objects – and that sense of self, both physically and psychologically. A constantly liquid shifting and tense dialogue between these two entities, seemingly irreconcilable positions provides an interesting study for context, composition and technique. Each title in this theme reinforces a pragmatism and mundanity in the work’s individual narrative, almost sidestepping the unrepresented silent majority within the male gender.