Kevin Jones: The New Pollution
February 24 - March 31, 2018
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 3-5pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 31st, 4pm
Kevin Jones’ work challenges the blind faith in all things scientific as the predominant, contemporary credo. He is baffled by the seeming inability of scientific inquiry to explain the innermost workings of nature. Richard Feynman famously said “If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part”, so Kevin Jones is ready to help out by suggesting alternative systems.
This exhibition is the second solo show for Jones at our gallery; the first one titled “Chemtrail” took place in 2012. He teaches art at Tulane University, has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Berlin Science Week and spends time in summer at Akiba Art Lab in Tokyo. His mostly digital based work is done in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, time-based media, or digital prints.
Jones scrutinizes the underlying hypothesis of much scientific theorizing. A hypothesis by definition is just a temporary proposition that is supposed to give way to a better system, one that can more elegantly explain a greater number of phenomena.
One of Jones’ favorite subjects is the periodic table of the elements. They were discovered and described in 1869 by Mendeleev, but still to this day they are tinkered with amid a cloud of uncertainty. Who is to say that Jones’ proposed variations of these elements (based on formal or aesthetic principles) are less viable than the recent spate of newly discovered, but absurdly unstable elements cooked up in a wayward accelerator?
This artist wants the observer to contemplate the thin ice we are all walking on while pursuing the path of scientific logic and its inherent fuzziness. Hopefully, Kevin Jones’ images will undermine scientific authority by proposing certain variables that are totally plausible within their own endogenous structure.
Lets celebrate the realignment of the art/science interface!
Let Feynman have the last word: “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered, then answers that can’t be questioned.”