Sean C. Jones
Jones’ black-and-white paintings riff on the ability of film montage segments to depict rapid progression through time. The detective from 1931’s The Maltese Falcon has a run-in with the Millennium Falcon from 1977’s Star Wars. Clint Eastwood from his early western-gunslinger days confronts Eastwood in suit and tie from Dirty Harry. Jones often brings in symbolic elements from personal narratives. The loss of childhood friend, Carl, manifested as the smiling Big Boy interceding between the two Eastwoods.
Jones: “I decided to defuse the situation by having the sides of confused ideology face off; the modern Clint against the western Clint. Yet, there needed to be something in the middle — a representation of Carl. I focused on a small Bob’s Big Boy toy in my garage. It was Carl, happy and without concern. While the opposing Clint’s pointed guns, the Big Boy is the smiling man without a weapon. I worked hard on the painting for several weeks, and I finished it almost a month before Clint yelled at a chair. Even Carl would have been saddened by that awkward moment. Perhaps they needed a Big Boy to step in and stop that mess before it happened.”
Jana’s Red Room, Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., suite #125, www.janasredroom.com
Vigorous brushwork and a vibrant palette of brights and urban grunge resonate with abstract expressionism, littered with textual fragments. Burwell’s work offers waypoints into psychological discovery.
Burwell: “’Again’ is just the beginning. All of my work blossoms from a strong connection I feel with philosophy, which naturally leads to self-reflection, a leading theme in all of my work. Specifically, ‘Again’ signifies how an individual can be aware of innate behaviors in themselves, good or bad, and continue to act that way. Illustrating these ideas on canvas was an important step in allowing me to open others and myself with my thoughts. The compass rose, which I chose as the centerpiece to ‘Again’ is purposely set to different directions, which signifies the wayward feeling I have towards thoughts and actions.”
Eric Burwell studio, ArtSquare, 1025 First St., (818) 300-7500
Welcome to the Slums
Reminiscent of the 1992 film Cool World, with its mixing of animated and live characters, edgy fashion photos by Shannon Dorn Photography (of Solsis Productions) are reworked by artists into dynamic environments resembling snapshots out of a comic book. In a mixed-media barrage, the images are layered with spray paint, collage, graffiti, graphic and hand-drawn media by a bevy of local artists, including Dray, KD Matheson, 3 Baaad Sheep, Scream, Juan Muniz and more.
Dray’s piece, “420 Dizz St.,” depicts a place where, he says, “people go to either escape or reunite with [themselves]. Behind the vault door is Dizz Records, where you can make music, paint, sing, dance and be whoever makes you feel good.”
3 Baaad Sheep offer up an electric painted collage and a new super-character, “Lawless Lady.” Bad Sheep member Alex Huerta explains: “This collaboration between Shannon Dorn Photography & 3 Baaad Sheep is a message about progress for women. The idea that women were extremely restricted in the participation of society as a equal contributor in the generations that came before us. How ‘The Woman’ rose from unequal times, becoming part of an equal-opportunity society, being able to make choices that matter. ‘Lawless Lady’ will be who she wants without second thought to ‘her place’!”
The exhibit’s First Friday opening will feature DJ sets, breakdancing, live painting and more.
The Box Office, 1129 S. Casino Center, www.solsisprod.com