Harcum Gallery to Feature Large Paintings by Jimi Jones

Exhibited Works Represent Artist's Observations on Political and Social Issues

October 12, 2012

Why These Cultures, 2008

Why These Cultures, 2008

In an age of information overload, Cincinnati artist Jimi Jones reflects upon the pixel, the basic building block of electronic visual communication. His billboard-like paintings employ the simple pixel as a foundation upon which he represents his observations on political and social issues.

Wilmington College will present “Pixels,” an exhibit of Jones’ bold new paintings, “that collage popular culture with historical events,” Oct. 25 through Dec. 7 in Harcum Art Gallery.

An opening reception in honor of the artist will be held Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special appointment arranged through gallery curator Hal Shunk, professor of art.

Jones features a wide range of topics in his works, from the war in Iraq, religious conflicts and historical distortions to cultural dichotomies and popular culture icons.

He elaborated on his ideas about pixels, noting that every pixel is inherently without meaning but, grouped together, they form a meaningful image.

“Everything I have seen is stored in the memory banks of the mind, each one a mere pixel of memory,” he said. “As we think, these pixels form pictures and suggest other pixels and other pictures. When a thought comes, it recalls images that call up other images, which suggest more and ever more.

“I think a thought and images appear. When a group of these images from a complete idea, I make a painting.”

Jones wishes to share his artistic experience with his viewers and invited the “shared images” between artists and audience to “provide a thread to find your way through the labyrinth of my mind and perhaps send you on an inner journey of your own.”

Jones served Procter & Gamble Corp. for nearly three decades through his retirement in 2007 as its art director and display design manager. He is a founding member of the Neo-Ancestralists, a collaborative of African-American artists formed in 1990.

Jones has exhibited his works throughout Cincinnati area venues, including the Contemporary Arts Center, Weston Art Gallery, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce.