Friday, May 17th from 7-9pm
featuring the work of
Benjamin Jones, Lydia Walls, Linda Hall & Joseph Kurhajec
Though a few were previously shown at Freight + Volume Gallery in New York, and the Whitney Museum of Art owns two, the artist never intended for so many of his intimate journals to be seen by the public. But now is the time since they mark an end of a chapter. Jones says he is “on the verge of introducing a completely new drawing style.”
Each page is a deliberate composition designed to get every element just right before starting larger finished drawings. The pages become individual treasures in themselves, mixing poetic text and bold imagery.
Walls always loved portraits but “didn’t have the confidence to paint people,” she says. After visiting Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, his crude yet riveting portraits set her free. It’s important to Walls that the series of 6”x 6” paintings are accessible to everyone. Enjoy these delightful portraits, steeped in nostalgia, celebrating Johnny Cash, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mayor Ivan Allen, Helen Keller, B.B. King, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Mitchell, Little Richard, James Brown, two famous southern animals – Willie B the gorilla and Uga the dog – and many more.