Jennie C. Jones: Passing Tones and Broken Chords

The artist Jennie C. Jones makes art which connects visuals with sound, focusing on the interplay of structure and freedom in jazz, and this exhibit is no exception. It reminds the audience of tonal shifts, of rhythm, rests and restlessness, and regeneration through abstract form. I am especially taken by her usage of negative space (the article describes her as “playing within the fertile furrow of negative space between rigid hegemonic structures”), visual breaks, material choices (she uses felt, something that absorbs both sound and paint), and solid colors. Her work is especially relevant now, as we complete a project reliant upon us turning a soundscape into an abstract work, and reminds us that abstract art can and should still instill specific feelings or journeys for viewers.

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