"Open & Flow" by Kenny Jones
artist: KENNY JONES
OPEN & FLOW
9" x 12" x 2" Acrylic cold wax on panel, unframed
I often think of art in terms of “Terra incognita" - Latin for "unknown land"; and a label used in ancient mapmaking for regions that no human has ever visited or documented. A place unknown to any human still holds powerful sway over the imagination. It is intriguing that the ancient mapmakers who originally wrote this phrase wrote it as much as a warning as a statement of fact. Perhaps it takes courage to go into the unknown and risk it all; for beyond the known, “there be dragons”.
In one sense we already live in the Terra Incognita. The world of increasingly strange digital simulations and virtual realities that are endlessly multiplied. This takes us to places no one has gone before. Though the exterior world has been mapped extensively, It would seem that there are more Terra Incogniti today than ever before.
I paint abstractly in order to merge unknown experiences within known concrete objects. These collusions are like inserting a bit of the journey’s dust into the map. Abstraction is an invitation to travel to an unknown land, with its own strange customs and sayings. It is another way to say, “This painting is a new place I’d like to visit, a journey of surprise and wonder”. The language of abstraction is how I hope to keep the visual map mobile for both the viewer and myself.
— Kenny Jones
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