Jennie C. Jones  l  Recomposing

May 25 – June 30, 2007

Arratia Beer is pleased to present Recomposing, the first solo exhibition in Germany of the artist Jennie C. Jones.

The term “Third-Stream” was coined by Gunther Schuller in 1957 to describe a music in which classical and jazz elements interface, fuse and directly affect each other--an endeavor to reconcile improvisation and contrapuntal composition. Inspired by this brief hybrid movement and in tandem with a series of works on paper, Jones presents a dense yet poignant audio collage composed from staggered loops of Bach, mingled with selections from the Modern Jazz Quartet.The works on paper utilize line as ‘wire’, connecting collaged geometric forms or ‘conduits’ and literal renderings of ‘ear-buds’, decks, ‘shotgun’ microphones and audio plugs. Like the basis of Third Stream Jazz, they read as highly composed yet improvised and organic in their linear gesture.“I attempt a merger of art history, music history and black history within the realm of the abstract languages they constructed. I continue to expand upon ways of drawing sound and listening as a conceptual practice. In the process I have become fascinated with the technical devices and tools we use to experience something as undying and ephemeral as music.” J. C. Jones.

Residing at the intersections of art, music, theory and history, at the core of Recomposing is a search for a neo-modernism.

Jennie C. Jones was born in Cincinnati Ohio, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Jones attended Rutgers University, receiving a Master of Fine Art and Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts. Previous exhibition include: Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 at the Contemporary Museum in Houston TX, Simply Because You’re Near Me an installation at Artist Space NY, NY. She was asked to speak at the Whitney Museum of American Art as an artist lecturer for the Initial Public Offering series in 2004 and was invited back in 2005 to speak on the panel Mid Century Modernism, Romare Bearden and Jazz.


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