MFA Thesis Exhibition: Thea Jones - "Play Rewind"
Apr 12, 2012 to Apr 26, 2012
Thea Jones' MFA thesis research explores repetition, memorialization, landscape and time. Her thesis exhibition Play Rewind features video, sound and textiles, creating an experience filled with stutters, skips, overlaps and gaps.
Jones is interested in activating the video image to explore visualizations of memory and time through repetition, and has used archival footage to begin this process. She envisions remembering as a form of repetition and has attempted to create an image of time as it collapses back to memory. The malleability of the video medium is used to exercise these recursive temporal collapses and overlays, while the landscape in the video stands as a constant and reliable form on which an image of what remembering might look like is projected.
As an exhibition, Play Rewind pushes the boundaries of video's linearity in search of a dimensionality of space and time that is fluid and changing. Embedded in the soundtrack, the echoing and stumbling audio for each video bleeds into the space, casting layers of time and space over the installation. Amongst the chaos of the stuttering videos and stumbling audio the embroidered drawings hang still—anchoring the eye and revealing a geometry that devolves over time. Each embroidered drawing uses a past and unseen moment to envision the next drawing, slowly disappearing as the handmade process diminishes, becoming imperceptible in space and time.
Jones has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centers across Canada. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre, Broken City Lab in Windsor, and Oboro in Montreal.
Closing Party: Saturday April 21, 4-7pm
Thea Jones: You May Never, video still, 2011
|Location:||VMAC Gallery, Suite452, 401 Richmond Street West Toronto|
|Sponsor:||Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts|