Jennifer Joiner

Pearl River

Notes for “We Are A Part of Something”   June 2019 exhibition,
Rebecca Gallery, Toronto

Abstract art can be difficult for viewers.  Few ways in.  No representation to hold on to - not for the artist either.  The grids in a recent series of paintings build and organize the space.  The grids vary in colour, composition and even a little in their movement from very still to small movements.

Thematically, the grid is an emblem of order  human made and natural world.   And randomness and chance in these grids are part of their making.  The handmade pattern, the flow of improvised decisions while painting push the work towards a destination arrived at by chance and choice.  No certainties, exploratory, suggestive.