Marc Straus

Gallery

Otis Jones

February 16 - April 1, 2018

Opening Reception
Fri February 16 2018, 6pm - 8pm

MARC STRAUS is pleased to present our inaugural solo exhibition of Texas-based artist Otis Jones. The exhibition will present new works, with an opening reception on Friday February 16th from 6pm – 8pm and then remain on view until April 1st, 2018.

The work of Otis Jones is hard to pin down. They are sculptural paintings where the process comes centerstage in each work. They are intensely physical, yet restrained; formal abstractions, but embracing intuition and uncertainty. Jones’ interests lie in the essentials: the relationship of shape, composition and color. Subtle nuances give his paintings marvelous character. “I’m interested in objects, patina, wear, and age. Each piece takes on its own geology. I don’t hide anything. It’s a very real object”, Jones once said.

Roughly-cut canvases are tacked onto irregularly-shaped handmade thick wood panels, where the layered plywood edges and staples are deliberately left exposed as compositional elements. Then, guided by intuition and experience, Jones continuously applies and sands away acrylic paint. This empirical ritual is repeated until an abraded texture of intense visual depth is achieved. Cratered, stained, and still luminous, the surface bears the marks of its maker – one can sense its genealogy, the inscribed time, and sincerity.

After closer examination complex layers of overpainted colors are found in seemingly monochromatic paintings. Finally, geometric shapes of lines, dots and squares, either excavated from previous layers or important enough to spare from erasure, are deployed. This bestows the work with soul. The proportions of these elements, the size of circles or length of dashes, are perfectly balanced. Nothing feels contrived, every element is essential as if it was organically grown there and the object could exist in no other way.

There are echoes of Post-Minimalism and even Asian Mono-ha, and color field, however in the end this Texas artist is original and timely. The painting process is reified in these personal and eccentric works.

Born in Galveston, Texas in 1946, Jones received his B.F.A from Kansas State University in 1969, continued graduate studies at Montana State University, and then earned his M.F.A. in 1972 from the University of Oklahoma. He was the 1982 recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Austin and has served as an Associate Professor and Visiting Professor at University of Texas at Arlington. Jones’ work can be found in many private and public collections including the Dallas Museum of Art. Jones is represented by MARC STRAUS in New York, US; Barry Whistler in Dallas, US; William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth, US; Sunday-S Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Annex14, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Works In Exhibition
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic On Canvas On Wood
11 x 11.5 x 3 in
28 x 29 x 7.6 cm
OJON.26.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Natural with One Gray Circle

2018
Acrylic On Canvas On Wood
11 x 11.5 x 3 in
28 x 29 x 7.6 cm
OJON.26.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Natural with One Gray Circle (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
14.5 x 14 x 3.5 in
36.8 x 35.6 x 9 cm
OJON.21.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red with Two Black and Two Blue Circles

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
14.5 x 14 x 3.5 in
36.8 x 35.6 x 9 cm
OJON.21.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red with Two Black and Two Blue Circles (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
13 x 23.5 x 3.75 in
33 x 59.7 x 9.5 cm
OJON.24.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Pink with Tan and Black Circles

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
13 x 23.5 x 3.75 in
33 x 59.7 x 9.5 cm
OJON.24.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Pink with Tan and Black Circles (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
11.5 x 11.5 x 3 in
29 x 29 x 7.6 cm
OJON.23.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Natural with One White Circle

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
11.5 x 11.5 x 3 in
29 x 29 x 7.6 cm
OJON.23.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Natural with One White Circle (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
30 x 30 x 3 in
76 x 76 x 7.6 cm
OJON.22.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
White with Two Lines

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
30 x 30 x 3 in
76 x 76 x 7.6 cm
OJON.22.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
White with Two Lines (Side)
Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
White with Two Lines (Detail)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
39 x 39.5 x 3.25 in
99 x 100.3 x 8.3 cm
OJON.19.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
White with One Black One Red Circle

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
39 x 39.5 x 3.25 in
99 x 100.3 x 8.3 cm
OJON.19.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
White with One Black One Red Circle (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
47.5 x 36 x 4 in
120.7 x 91.4 x 10 cm
OJON.25.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red with One Red and Two White Circles

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
47.5 x 36 x 4 in
120.7 x 91.4 x 10 cm
OJON.25.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red with One Red and Two White Circles (side)
Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red with One Red and Two White Circles (Detail)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
45 x 45.5 x 4 in
114.3 x 115.6 x 10 cm
OJON.20.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Tan with Two Black and Two Gray Circles

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
45 x 45.5 x 4 in
114.3 x 115.6 x 10 cm
OJON.20.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Tan with Two Black and Two Gray Circles (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
31.25 x 31.25 x 3 in
79.4 x 79.4 x 7.6 cm
OJON.27.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Black with Two Lines Removed

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
31.25 x 31.25 x 3 in
79.4 x 79.4 x 7.6 cm
OJON.27.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Black with Two Lines Removed (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
51.5 x 46.5 x 4 in
130.8 x 118 x 10 cm
OJON.18.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red Oxide with One Black Circle

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
51.5 x 46.5 x 4 in
130.8 x 118 x 10 cm
OJON.18.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red Oxide with One Black Circle (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
50 x 45 x 4 in
114.3 x 127 x 10 cm
OJON.29.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Black with One Black Circle

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
50 x 45 x 4 in
114.3 x 127 x 10 cm
OJON.29.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Black with One Black Circle (Side)
Otis Jones 2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
17.5 x 85.5 x 4 in
44.5 x 217 x 10 cm
OJON.28.2018 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Long Natural with Two White Rectangles

2018
Acrylic on Canvas on Wood
17.5 x 85.5 x 4 in
44.5 x 217 x 10 cm
OJON.28.2018

Otis Jones  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Long Natural with Two White Rectangles (Side)
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