Monday, June 30, 2014

Rob Jones Grief Solo Gallery Show Exclusive Preview

Earlier this month I told you about Rob Jones' first ever solo show at Galerie F in Chicago happening Thursday July 17 from 6pm-10pm and now I got some more previews. 

Galerie F celebrates its second anniversary with “Grief”, Rob Jones’ first solo exhibition in Chicago. Jones presents a collection one hundred original drawings and screenprints during this four week installation. Join Galerie F as they embark on third third year with Logan Square in their ever-expanding store located at the intersection of Fullerton Ave and Milwaukee Ave. The evening's affairs will be sponsored by local brewpub Revolution Brewing and New York based brewery Brooklyn Beer. Galerie F also welcomes The American Poster Institute and encourages all attending to visit Flatstock at Pitchfork Music Festival the following weekend.

Original works accompanied by limited edition silk screen prints will be available at the opening reception. All remaining works will be posted in Galerie F's online store the following Monday. Opening reception is free and open to the public. Rob Jones will be in attendance and this might be your only chance to meet a Grammy Winner in person, plus he is the man that started the Mondotees Movie poster craze. No the Grammy wont be at the show, I asked.

I asked Rob what the theme of his show is :
I’ve designated these as self portraits since they spring from how I view myself (past and present) through a character I’ve identified with throughout my life. Sometimes other elements are brought in that feel complimentary to Charlie Brown to better visualize the sentiment I’m attempting to express. Some are just illustrations of moments in my life (usually poor decisions) that continue to haunt me or at least induce me to groan to myself, “Oy, that could have gone better.” One lesson made more concrete by this exercise is that I tend to grip the past too tightly. The bad things are like a burner on hot stove. If you keep pressing your hand against it, then of course it’s going to blister. Better to just observe the orange spiral from a distance and fight the temptation to touch it.

That sounds super blue, I know and I should say there are some positives in the show too. However, if you know me, then you will expect more exorcising than ebullience.

All the original drawings are ink and prismacolor marker (Canary Yellow) on French 80lb Speckletone Sand cover stock. The prints for the show will be kept a secret until the night of the show. Originals are 8.5 X 11.  There will be one 18X24 original, but the rest will stick to the aforementioned standard.

If you are going, RSVP to the show on the Facebook Event Page HERE

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