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Doug Jones | CAETERIS PARIBUS
08/09/2011 - 21/10/2011
Doug Jones’s new series of work revolve around issues of equality, accessibility and availability. Through the media of video, installation, needlepoint embroidery and quilt-making, Jones’ show CAETERIS PARIBUS (everything else being equal) weaves together experiences of personal failure of involvement in public events, irreverent comments on British heritage production and observations on ubiquitous patterns of restriction inscribed in the social arena by legislative mechanisms and police jurisdiction.
Over-writing needle-point tapestries with a series of variations on the geometric grid motif of poultry mesh, Jones manages to activate comforting symbols of British-ness such as picturesque villages, quaint cottages and countryside scenes, into a discourse on home ownership,social exclusion and immigration in the UK. Anger is laced with exasperated humour, as in the work titled ‘Domine Dirige Nos’, (God guide us) where an actual piece of ecclesiastical furniture is made available to kneel on, better to observe an iconic 1970s tapestry of horses running in the sunset. Time has revealed a subliminal lining to this image of freely roaming ‘animal spirits’: the black stallion logo of Lloyds TSB bank is lurking where things are best concealed, in the very centre. Economics are exposed as a matter of faith.
Two new videos have taken Jones out in the ostensibly open realm of public events and shared resources. ‘Royal Wedding’ is a record of the artist’s repeatedly rebuffed attempt to join in with this celebration of the British monarchy’s continuity. A Buster Keaton-esque figure, occasionally distracted by the attention of photographers to his mismatched regalia, but unwaveringly determined to cheer the new couple;Jones describes a solitary perimeter among the crowds moving around the streets of central London cordoned off by police, check points, security, high metal barriers, that keep him at the margins until it’s all over. The video ‘Datur Omnibus’is a collection of observations of people using public water fountains in the intense heat of summer in Venice. A recent Italian referendum on the privatization of water supplies raised once again the issue of who controls and profits from natural resources, but also, what these resources are, and where do basic needs begin and end.
Private View: Wednesday 7 September 6 – 9pm
Artist Event: Friday 30 September 6 – 8pm
(SLAM LAST FRIDAYS)
Some images from the Private View