Jones in Future Past Perfect
Work by Mary Jones (Senior Critic, Painting) is included in a group show curated by Lauren Comito.
Future Past Perfect
Nov. 7th – Dec. 13th, 2015
Featuring works by Michael Ambron, Mary Jones, Rachel Klinghoffer, John O’Connor, & Bayne Peterson
Curated by Lauren Comito
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7th, from 6-9pm
Projekt722 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn (Graham L train stop)
The Future Past Perfect indicates that an action will have been completed at some point in the future and simultaneously acknowledges that the action has already taken place. Future actions and forms are recontexualized versions of the past.
These artists are tied together by their interest in exploring the historical progression of totemic forms and seek out the invention of new forms for the future. In Philip K. Dick’s novel “The Man in the High Castle” handmade clay pots become the most valuable relics of a paranoid, fractured culture; a way people could hold on to a trace of their remembered humanity. The artists in Future Past Perfect are similarly invested in the evocation of the earliest signifiers of our human imagination. It is through these hand-created images and objects that we haptically connect, and communicate an empathetic moment through space and time.
As our own technologically driven age becomes one of increasing environmental pressure and cultural fragmentation, volumes of cultural works describing the end of our species have been created, suggesting an apocalypse that is played out with endless variety and circumstances. Clearly, this is something we can imagine. The insistence on materiality and the presence of physical form in these artists’ work suggests a post-apocalyptic present. The metaphor of the artifact that these artists use can range from digital fabrication to ancient cave painting, haiku to personal artifacts; all reflect an unsentimental awareness of our circumstances, and consider the basic elements of what might and could be essential.