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JPEG Mountain: New Work by Cassandra C. Jones

Oct. 13, 2016 – Dec. 4, 2016

Grizzly bear, 10 years old, standing upright against white backg

Accumulation of Nameless Energies, 2016, Archival Ink Jet on Cotton Rag, 81 x 44 in

Porch Gallery Ojai presents JPEG Mountain: New Works by Cassandra C. Jones. Collecting thousands of found digital images, Jones organizes them to create colorful and unexpected collage works that float like botanical drawings on stark white backgrounds. The work reflects the disparate influences in Jones’ life: technology and the natural beauty of the landscape that surrounds her Ojai Valley home. With Jones’ meticulous touch, images of nature are morphed through the digital process to create a surrealist representation of nature viewed through a digital prism. For her piece Accumulation of Nameless Energies, Jones starts with a single representation of a bird. The image is multiplied, spun and overlaid hundreds of times to create the woven pattern of a bear standing on its hind legs. Upending the static reality of vision, the visual hierarchy of the bird and the bear fluctuate with the viewing range; the experience at three feet is completely flipped at ten.

Cassandra C. Jones lives and works in Ojai, CA. She received her BFA from California College of Art and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has shown in venues throughout the US and Europe including Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara and Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Jones has also been included in Invitational Only residencies at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, ON and Egon Schiele Art Centrum in Český Krumlov, CZ and her life and career were profiled by Focus on the Masters in Ventura, CA in 2008.