SundayBluesEdit Sunday Selection @skip_jones
Some artists have a style, a signature to their work that is undeniable their own. When I see Skip’s images grouped in with other artists, I always know that it is one of his. Beautifully complex, they command you to look deeply to figure out how these works came from a photograph. Where is the tree? Or the Building? Or something I can recognize? I know it’s in there. I am fascinated by the Decim8 app. There are a handful of artists whose use of the app is completely unique. Skip @skip_jones is one of those. Using photographic images from his surroundings, Skip weaves each into a completely transformed abstraction. Always a thing of complete beauty, with rich colors and complex pattern, his photographs become works of art. I chose this image from last weeks tag because I couldn’t not choose it. Look deeply, maybe you will see the original puddle with algae.
As a painter, I would use photos as source material.
I studied artists like David Salle and Gerhard Richter. People who were using classic technique, juxtaposed with modern narratives in their large-scale painting.
Photos provide perfect records of light over forms and the shadows that described depth. Basing an under-painting on photos improved my draftsmanship and lent physicality to my work.
Then, after using Hipstamatic for the first time, seeing the dirty saturation, I realized paintings seemed contrived.
I wanted to create the source.
Now, I crave the immediacy of editing while sitting in the shadows of a building I’ve just photographed.
I appreciate the authenticity of mobile photography, the photo journalistic element in capturing your world and posting the evidence.
You can see all of Skip’s magic on Instagram @skip_jones