Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cassandra Jones: Found Photographs Reborn

Good Cheer Wallpaper #1 (Click image for larger view)
2005 Archival digital prints on 24” wide rolls
Site specific installations from found snapshot images

Good Cheer Wallpaper #1 (pattern)
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Good Cheer Wallpaper #1
(Site Installation at Nathan Larramendy Gallery)

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Good Cheer Wallpaper #1
(Installation at San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art)



Rare Avis Wallpaper (Click any image for larger view)
2007 Archival digital prints on 24” wide rolls
Site specific installations from found snapshot images

Cassandra Jones says of this series: “Rara Avis is a series of works composed of found snapshot photographs of real pink flamingos that are discernibly reminiscent of their retro plastic counter-part, the lawn ornament. I have found that one of the most common snapshots taken of a wading flamingo, indeed, to be the profile of the bird’s long, soft, curved neck and down-bent bill. This particular collection of photographs led me to wonder, is it possible that an item of now historical kitsch might influence the picture taking of the real, live thing? After all, Americans are much more familiar with the nature of the stylized, florescent version, than the actual bird itself.

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Rare Avis Series
Composition #4, 2007

Archival C-print made from found snapshot photographs
Ed. 2

Size 24” x 36”

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Rare Avis Series
Composition #4, 2007 (detail)

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Rare Avis Series
Composition #2, 2007

Archival C-print made from found snapshot photographs
Ed. 2

Size 24” x 36”




Rare Avis Series (detail)
Composition #2, 2007



INTERVIEW WITH CASSANDRA C. JONES BY XENI JARDIN FOR BoingBoing.





CASSANDRA JONES MAY BECOME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF THE DECADE. Her artwork is intelligent and right for the times. Quite frankly, I have been waiting for an artist to come along who could find the right key to help define the massive proliferation of digital images there are floating amongst the internet. Cassandra Jones may be the one.

Take a sunset, for example. Jones asks: “does there really need to be another photograph taken of a sunset?” She’s exactly right. Don’t we have enough already? Jones quotes writer Susan Sontag who said, in effect, that “photographs of sunsets are cheesy because they have been photographed so many times.” How true. Cassandra Jones has taken the very subject of sunsets (please watch video) and extrapolated that to create a new interpretation of what it means to see “a sunset.”

Her Rare Avis series are equally compelling. These “invented” botanical specimens are created by using manipulated “found” images of pink flamingos, another kitsch symbol as trite as the sunsets she has used in the past.

You’ll see what I mean by all of this if you watch Cassandra’s video, which was done for the incredible web site BoingBoing.

Learn more about Cassandra C. Jones on her Web site here.

7 comments:

Jess Jelly said...

This really reminds me of the nonsense botany illustrations of Edward Lear in 'The Book of Bosh' as seen in the link below:

http://www.bencourtney.com/ebooks/lear/index2.html#botany

Really nice stuff :)
Jess

Maureen said...

Ditto what I said last week about artists and inspiration, this is mind-boggling.

Joey said...

Amazing and wonderful artist!

gigi (solitary spinster) said...

Wow; I could so see myself wallpapering a wall in my space with any of these. I love them (& your site - it points me to art I never would've found on my own).

gigi

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Foquinha! said...

Beautiful... lovely post!
Silvia K.

Red-SSR said...

What a great talent...Gary

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