‘Occupied’, 2020, pigment, resin and ink on duratrans photographic transparency paper backlit with light box in blackwood frame, 80 x 140 x 11 cm
“Turn on and tune in, this is the never ending 24 hour seven day news cycle. In my drawings, I try to push the pause button on all this – a snapshot of the moment of the news in that time.” Locust Jones.
Locust Jones has been busy. By tuning in to relentless news cycles, Locust gathers together a collision of images, text fragments, and vivid colours to address globe-spanning issues and influence his work. Locust invites us into his Blue Mountains studio to preview works for his upcoming solo show in July, revealing new drawings onto photographic transparencies and unravelling large scrolls. These unflinching works chronicle contemporary politics, from the ubiquitous pandemic to flower dumping and hoola hoops. See video snippets and first images from Locust below.
Locust is renowned for his monumental works on paper that unfold like diaristic scrolls, one of which was acquired recently by the Art Gallery of NSW. Locust has been invited to residences across the world, most recently in Lebanon, Palestine and Israel. His first-hand experience in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Gaza and Beirut run through these new works with a deeply-felt urgency. It is these travels abroad which serve as inspiration for his new 10 metre scrolls.
“Power grabs and supply chains, captive audiences and self-satisfaction, tourism and wildlife migration, uncertain times and market forces, worshipping and the end of globalisation, self-isolation and corona fatigue …” Locust Jones.
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