Trio: Dana Jones, Sara Hess, and Jon Swindler

August 20 – October 2, 2022
Trio: Dana Jones, Sara Hess, and Jon Swindler
Curated by Jon Vogt

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 20, 2022, 6-8 PM

ATHICA’s early Fall 2022 exhibition TRIO features the work of Dana Jones and the two-artist-team of Sara Hess and Jon Swindler. The exhibition is the latest installment of the Solo Duo Trio series, which provides opportunities for individual artists to exhibit their work at ATHICA and its satellite location, ATHICA@Ciné.  Selected by the ATHICA Exhibitions Committee with additional curation by Exhibition Committee Chair and ATHICA Board President Jon Vogt, this exhibition examines the use of found materials, abstraction, and representation through different modalities and points of view.

Dana Jones paints on the creased, punched and torn surfaces of beverage and food packaging, finding that the irregular shapes present “a good way to initiate a conversation with the paint. My work is typically flat, graphic, but fuzzily geometric.”

His work aligns with that of the Hess-Swindler team in its geometry, architectural sense of space, and use of found color and texture. Collaborators since 2019, Hess and Swindler document, collect, and draw from an array of visual and physical ephemera to make prints, drawings, collages and sculptural objects, stating that “By widening our periphery and including all manner of material and imagery, we are seeking to elicit and construct meaning from the simple act of paying attention.”

According to exhibition curator Jon Vogt, “This exhibition buzzes with the energy of three artistic perspectives contained within two bodies of work, which overlap and refract in unexpected ways.”

Red & White | 2021 |
Acrylic on cardboard | 10″ x 17″

More About Dana Jones

Jones has been staring at and thinking about paintings and photographs for decades. He lives, shoots, and paints in Greenville, South Carolina.

CV: Jones CV
Instagram: @danajonesstudio
Title List with Prices: Google Spreadsheet
Images and Titles:  PDF

Studio Cat (pur-gatory) | 2021 | Etching with Monotype | 20″x16″

More About Sara Hess
Sara Hess (b. Augusta, Ga, 1996) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working between Athens, Georgia and Columbus, Ohio. Sara holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art where she studied painting and printmaking. She is currently an MFA candidate and Graduate Fellow at The Ohio State University. Her studio practice utilizes found objects, photography, printmaking, painting, collage, sculpture, and installation. Sara has exhibited her work regionally and nationally, most recently at Stove Works in Chattanooga, Tennessee and IPCNY (International Print Center New York) in Manhattan, New York. A 2021 Artist-in-ATHICA, in the summer of 2022, Hess was an Artist-in-Residence at Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York.


CV:  Hess_CV
Instagram: @sarahess1
Team Instagram: @satinfinnish

Prices: All of the prints are for sale at $200 each and the sculptural elements are NFS.

You & Me & Us | 2021 | Etching with Monotype | 20″x16″

More About Jon Swindler
Jon Swindler is an Associate Professor of Art within Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens. He holds a BFA in studio art and art education from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and an MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Over the last several years he has exhibited his work in dozens of solo, competitive and invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has performed visiting artist workshops and lectures at various institutions, including: The Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, HDK School of Design and Craft in Dals Långed Sweden and the Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

CV: Swindler_CV
Instagram: @jonswindler_studio
Team Instagram: @satinfinnish

Prices: All of the prints are for sale at $200 each and the sculptural elements are NFS.

Trio is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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