Stuart Jones, a fellow at the Fenners studio site, will be appearing in the group exhibition ‘The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice’ at Gallery 46 in London from the 17th November to 5th December 2018.
‘The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice’ brings together twenty-eight artists figuring out what it means to be human. Each artist oscillates between self-understanding and cultural expectation. Located somewhere in the middle, they create an extension of themselves, a mirror from which they may better understand their position in the present, relation to the past, and anxieties around the future.
Stuart’s painting in the exhibition is a reaction to Mount Erebus in Antarctica, one of the largest active volcanoes on earth. It is renowned for its persistently active lava lake, which is sited in the summit crater.
I responded to infra-red video footage of the active lava lake eruptions, emulating the energy of the eruptive process, the heat and layers of steam, volcanic gases and aerosol emissions from the volcano. I used stains of oil paint direct onto the canvas flat on the ground to create a broken surface that is in flux, flicking, throwing and pouring the paint to emulate the magma explosions and using layers of spray paint and glazes of oil paint. I was responding to and interested in the environmental, climatic and human impacts of the landscape. How we are out of touch with the environment we live in, experiencing it through a screen. We are increasingly disconnected from our environment due to technological advancement.
Stuart Jones has been a practicing artist for 20 years and has shown his work both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. For more information on the exhibition please visit http://gallery46.co.uk
Gallery 46, 46 Ashfield St, Whitechapel, London E1 2 AJ