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OTIS JONES - NEW WORK
opens September 10, 6 - 8 pm at Holly Johnson Gallery
by Todd Camplin

The art gallery season has begun and many of the galleries are launching this
year with their best stable artists. Holly Johnson Gallery is beginning this season
with another great show by artist Otis Jones. A Texas native, Otis Jones proves  
our region is vibrant and relevant to the rest of the art world.
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Often labeled as minimalist, I see a more nuanced approach that moves beyond
this limited tag. Jones seems to use minimalist ideas as a starting point, but his
rough rounded edges, which have a softening effect, makes the work feel more
informal. I am fond of Otis Jones' loose layered paint which invites you to take
a closer look. Jones will further entice you through his creation of noticeable
marks on the painting.
Otis Jones’ show has a great deal of subtle variety in each work. The group of paintings
shifts hues and textures. Some are flat, others are smooth and polished, while others are
more like the cratered surface of the moon. I admire his attention to the paintings edges
– how the paintings seem to flow around the sides, rather than the standard 90 degree
angle. Along with the rounded edges, Jones noticeable use of staples, and the
increased thickness of the wooden supports seems to turn these paintings into objects.
Longochrectangle - 16x84x4
I enjoy the feeling of process in these paintings. He uses a plaster ground, then
multi-layers the paint, while sanding and painting again to create a richly
intense surface. You can easily imagine Jones adding and subtracting paint
to create these heavily worked paintings. With this kind of painting process,
I would think finishing a painting would be a great challenge.

Otis Jones' work is in permanent collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art,
MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Springfield Art
Museum in Springfield, Missouri, the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas, among
many other institutions, corporate, and privet collectors. Jones received his BFA
from Kansas State and received his MFA from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1982, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts.
The Visual Artists Fellowship Grant.

Otis Jones' New Work runs September 10 – October 8.
White Square , Blue Square, Red Square - 16 x 16 x 4      
Orange Circle
Holly Johnson Gallery is located at 1411 Dragon Street in Dallas, Texas 75207.
Gallery hours are 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday,
and by appointment.
214.369.0169,
www.hollyjohnsongallery.com.
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