"Bright Signs: New Paintings and Prints by Gemma Jones"

Opening Night Thursday 20 October 2011, 6-9pm

continues until 30 October 2011

No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne (part of QV)

photos from the opening and installation are over here on flickr

Banners, bunting, pennants, flags are waved as little souvenirs of everyday life.  Celebrations and non-celebrations of some inner voices, boring cliches and heartfelt moments. A sideways move for Gemma into works which flirt with semiotics and design in a new, bold way. Still exploring themes of pop art, femininity, feminism and the commodification of our personal lives.

Expect bright, pop art renderings with a nod to crafty iconography. And girls, of course.

Gemma Jones is an artist, craftster writer and curator who is attracted to the full spectrum of pop art and all the places it crosses over with design, nostalgia and the everyday.  

Predominantly a painter, she also loves the immediacy of gocco printing and the possibilities traditional crafts re-invented.

She is best known for her bold renderings of girls pulled from pop culture and her interest in mid-century aesthetic.

She also is one of the curators at Outré Gallery, runs the Melbourne craft group the Kaotic Kraft Kuties and has collaborated with artist Lauren Brown under the banner of the Candystripers.

This is her fifth solo exhibition following: "Girls, Dresses and Dreams", "A Girl Called Yeah Yeah", "Krazy Lil Peeps" and "Screaming Fans" plus numerous group shows including some recent appearances at No-Vacancy.  She recently curated the show "Go Go Gocco Go" - a celebration of print gocco.


Bright Signs :: solo exhibition at No-Vacancy