Zavier Ellis is a London based curator and gallerist (Charlie Smith London) he is currently at Volta New York giving us an insiders view at some of his top choices. Volta NY runs from 2-6 March 2016, at PIER 90 in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, adjacent to The Armory Show, the longtime anchor of Armory Arts Week on Piers 94 and 92.
British sculptor Chris Jones’ three-dimensional relief collaged artworks unlock vistas to extraordinary universes. Through his assembling of found and scavenged paper images from magazines and old books he invents structures where each exposed unit provides its own narrative; windows into pockets of existence that are around us at all times but often hidden just beyond the limits of perception. Apartment buildings, cars, motorcycles, and even a full size horse and carriage are some of the monumental constructions. There are no limits to Jones’ creative grandeur.
In the Sunday NY Times review of Jones’ 2008 solo museum exhibit at The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Ben Genocchio wrote, “No reproduction can convey the experience of encountering this work. It creates its own environment, inspiring a sense of enchantment and awe, and the feeling persists the longer you hang around.”