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JULES BUCK JONES
at Conduit Gallery through november 24th
by Todd Camplin

I have been reluctant to write about Jules Buck Jones, because I have been fighting
with myself whether I think the works are successful. When I was down in Houston,
I saw a show of Jones' animals that featured multiple heads and my gallery
hopping  companion really enjoyed the work, but I was not sure. But slowly,
I have come  around to feel Jones' work really has considerable merit and
Conduit Gallery  helped me reach that conclusion.
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First of all, the cubist elements are undeniably present. At McMurtrey Gallery in Houston, the
multiple perspectives were not based on movement, but rather Jones is showing a Tiamat
multi-head creature. Other images were very much about movement, but dropped the
shifting viewpoints. Loosely drawn or painted geometric shapes make up the animal shapes
and sometimes these gestures left the border of the figure. This looseness first challenged me
and made me skeptical that the images Jones’ created were too oversimplified, but I have
come to enjoy these marks, because the animals seem to actively leap and fly off the paper.
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Jules Buck Jones’ work at Conduit has some wonderful forest pieces that feel like collages. Though
painted and drawn, the shapes feel as if Jones cuts and pastes them down. You might say they
even have a stained glass window look, not only because the images feel constructed, but the
Primordial 8, 2012, mixed media on paper, 30x22
I know I might be a “Johnny come lately” to fully appreciating Jones, but I find that those artists
that I have taken longer to appreciate seem to be far more important and interesting as you follow
their career. Conduit Gallery has shown Jones before, but each time you see his work, a new
aspect of the same style emerges. Jules Buck Jones’ show will be up through November 24th
with works by Jennie Ottinger and seven artists filling out the project room space.
Primordial 6, 2012, mixed media on paper, 30x22
Primordial 2, 2012, mixed media on paper, 30x22