London-based artist Reece Jones draws dark landscapes made by superposing layers of charcoal and then erases a small surface of them with sandpaper in order to visualize spooky “screens of light”. This process has been repeated throughout a vast number of drawings, revealing many different scenarios despite the limitation to just a few recurring elements. The landscapes look either surreal or menacing, while they are sometimes reassuring and evocatives with the glowing surface acting as a destabilizing element, confering a sense of extraterrestrial to the otherwise mundane scenes.
“One of the things I’ve been really interested in over the last few years has been light balance and the potential of a pictures light sources being ‘illogical’ or surreal. Ultimately I get to play formal, compositional games with tonal areas and surface, but I can also encourage a range of thematic readings with these elements too. Sometimes they seem extra terrestrial or other worldly, sometimes filmic or atmospheric, sometimes menacing or parasitical. “
“I’ve been interested in landscape for a while, more specifically, in invented landscapes. I’ve always loved certain film directors’ use of space. As a kid, I was more enchanted by the suburban territories of E.T. and The Goonies than I was by their narratives. I love the way Tarkovsky used place to identify a troubling psychological state or the way Spielberg uses territories on the fringes of mundanity to explore fear or awe.” (Reece Jones)
All images © Reece Jones