Review of Pool,Self-Supporting Structure, by John A Seed
Kerry Jones: The Space is Evident
A few years ago, artist Kerry Jones found herself looking at Chinese paintings. Among the things she noticed and appreciated were their subtle and carefully formed evocations of space. One of the great traditions in Asian painting is that of imaginary landscapes, inner visions made tangible. Part of what attracted Jones to Chinese paintings was her innate understanding that they stand for interiority and for mental spaces. Since Jones uses 2-dimensional materials in a 3-dimensional context to develop works that deal with perception and reality, Asian thought has offered value, but not in any strict, academic sense.
Jones’ recent work “Pool,” an installation which consists of colored ribbons fastened to a set of four leaning poles, is her attempt to evoke what she calls a “breathing space for thoughts.” It is a paradoxical space—and a self-supporting structure—that is simultaneously geometric and random, perhaps a contest between Confucian and Daoist energies. The installation has an aspect of painting—the colored ribbons are like extended brushstrokes in space—but also has a strong sculptural presence. Seen from above it generates shadows and irregular intersections and spaces.
Just what is “Pool” meant to be? Perhaps it is a kind of intermediary space that lives between order and disorder and between painting and sculpture. That said, however you interpret her intentions, Jones’ installation makes space evident and evocative, both in physical and imaginative terms.
John A. Seed
Artist, Writer, Human Being