Simon Jones: Longing

Dates 18th April - 16th May 2014

Preview Thursday 17th April 6.30 -8.30pm

The Studios Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new works by artist Simon Jones. ‘Longing’ opens with a preview on Thursday 17th April, 6.30 -8.30pm all welcome.

Manchester-based photographer Jones graduated from Manchester metropolitan University in 1998 BA (Hons) Photography & Imaging First Class and has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions. In 2008 he returned to Manchester Metropolitan and graduated in the same year with an MA Fine Art. In 2003 he was the VX Auteur Film Theory winner and in 2009 won the AOP Open Award and in 2009 received an award at the AOP open.

‘long·ing:Strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant’

In this collection of images, the theme of “longing” is presented through a number of scenarios involving images of characters and other subjects taken from film, books and TV. Along with these, an old projector goes through its motions as it seemingly attempts to suck back years of projections in a desire to get back its now unattainable source.
At their time of appearance, through a screen or page of a book, these images and films would have made an impact or caused an opinion to be formed. But as the direct connection with their original role loosens over time, the significance of the subjects changes and the figures are left as if longing for something that can’t quite be remembered clearly enough to find. Though separate in terms of time and genre etc., the images have all come to reside together in some kind of flickering memory of themselves.

Jones creates photographic artwork that deals with ideas of memory. Borrowing from the techniques and practice of trompe l’oeil, and combining it with the nature of the photograph, Jones uses miniature dioramas to produce images that momentarily suspend a belief in what is being presented.

The exhibition runs until Friday 16th May, opening times Thursday 11am-7pm Friday 11am – 4pm or by appointment Tel: 07753842861 The Studios Gallery, 12 Union Road, New Mills, SK22 3ES

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