Jones’ concerns relate to proliferation and excess consumption. His work has evolved over a fascination with and participation in the California Car Culture. His early experiences with building engines, taking and documenting road trips, photographing junkyards and now drawing on paper, bring the images and memories full circle. He takes images from automobile parts schematics, using a semi-blind contour method to create organic pen drawings of machines that neither function nor propel. These drawings are enlarged and hand-printed using the processes of Xerox transfer and paper-plate lithography.
Machines fill space and are then discarded when no longer needed. “In reality through excess consumption we are filling our places with broken machines, with dysfunctional cogs and wheels. I see the drawings and prints as a metaphor for our own relationship with things, filling up space, entangling our lives and in time breaking down and decaying.”
Propp is concerned with the clash/coexistence between the industrial and the natural worlds. The circular format of her paintings and its structure of individual puzzle-pieces address issues of interdependence, interconnectedness, and continuity. She creates morphing and interaction between organic and metal shapes (tools, hardware, pipes and conduits).
To begin, she cuts out irregularly shaped wood panels and then uses automatic writing, making gestural calligraphic marks that reflect the movement of her arm/body as she moves across the surface of the panels. The imagery results from the rhythm and suggestions of the black marks on the white surface. The objects reference machine parts, industrial tools, and personal objects, and recently, under sea forms. Three-dimensional tableaus, which she creates from crushed tailpipes and other metal detritus found in alleys and streets, are studies in rhythm that assist in her visual thinking.
LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts
310 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), (212) 854-7641
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The LeRoy Neiman Exhibition Archive