'a language of holes' is a reading by Michaela Mullin (ASL interpreted), with an accompanying visual installation of the text by Mary Jones. This reading of prose poems will be active and interpretive, locating gaps, pauses, and not-so-empty 'empty' spaces. In this performance, oral and manual gestures will emerge to grasp at and grasp holes through sound, sight, sign, and--with Jones' typographical shape-shifting mobiles--design. Support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presentation June 11, 2022 at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines
For the third year, I've had work in this 15" and under show at Hofheimer Gallery in Chicago. I am honored to be in the company of these outstanding mostly Chicago artists!
THE MAP ROOM is an exhibit of Mary Jones' mixed-media maps and books based on walking, looking, and remembering. The artworks layer photos, drawings, writings, and gathered scraps in accordance with the mixed messages conveyed by the urban landscape. Most walks were solitary, taking place in Des Moines, Chicago, Urbana, and Galesburg, Illinois.
The exhibit includes collaged paintings on paper, panel, and raw canvas, as well as artists' books. A collaborative book with poet Michaela Mullin documents the journey of dementia through the experience of a caregiver.
Like most maps, the priorities of the mapmaker are evident. These works represent not where we are but who we are in a particular time and place.
First Friday Preview June 4, 5-7 pm
Reception June 18, 5-7 pm
The Map Room will be on view through July 23.
2411 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Or by appointment
Borzello Gallery, Knox College
February 23 – March 31, 2021
Mary Jones shows prints and mixed media paintings
including work produced during residency 2020
Artist interview available for the length of the exhibit
Pleased to be accepted into the upcoming Solar Impressions exhibit to be held at the Southampton Art Center in New York November and December 2019. I Walk Down Division Hot and Cool is one of the two pieces I will have in the show. Much as I love making solarplate intaglio prints, they are high stakes in terms of failed plates. Division is actually pieces of six different proofs collaged together. Printmaking taught me the art and attitude of repurposing. For that I am grateful. I am also grateful to Inspiration Plus for the flexibility in their entry requirements.
Coddiwompling means purposeful wandering, sometimes no place in particular. March and April 2019 find me in Milwaukee for a one-person show at Tory Folliard Gallery. the work on display includes 10 new pieces from 2019.