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VENTRILOQUIST: Installation Views

Brilliantly reviewed by Paul Hobson, Director of the Contemporary Art Society, and John Bunker, writer in Abstract Critical, the new solo show of Croatian born British artist Andrea Medjesi – Jones, VENTRILOQUIST, is clearly capturing the attention of the public.

'Ventriloquist', 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

‘Ventriloquist’, 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

Andrea Medjesi-Jones, 'Work or Riot', 2012, acrylic, oil and pigment on canvas, 170 x 170 cm, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A.Zangirolami

Andrea Medjesi-Jones, ‘Work or Riot’, 2012, acrylic, oil and pigment on canvas, 170 x 170 cm, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A.Zangirolami

In his insightful article, Bunker writes about ‘fascinating and strange duality’ raising from Andrea’s paintings; ‘collagic energy’; ‘visual stops, starts and erasures’ featuring one of her exhibited big canvases No More, 2011. According to the critic, the ‘painterly actions’ of the artist ‘creates what I can only describe as a mute intensity, a sort of silent scream that echoes back through Modernism’s own war torn history.’

'Ventriloquist', 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

‘Ventriloquist’, 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

'Ventriloquist', 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

‘Ventriloquist’, 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

Andrea Medjesi Jones, Capital Realism (Greta), 2013, detail

Andrea Medjesi Jones, No More, 2011, detail

Paul Hobson dedicated his final ‘Hobson’s Choice’ weekly review to Ventriloquist, before taking up the Directorship of Modern Art Oxford in the fall 2013. In his words, ‘sidestepping the sentimentality or bravura of pure expression associated with abstraction in Modern painting, [Andrea Medjesi-Jones] retains something of the quest to register external events in their mediated form, in a bold and satisfying way.  An opportunity to see a new body of work by an emerging talent to watch.’

'Ventriloquist', 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

‘Ventriloquist’, 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

'Ventriloquist', 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

‘Ventriloquist’, 2013, installation view. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

Andrea Medjesi Jones, Capital Realism (Greta), 2013, acrylic, canvas and pigment on linen, 60 x 50 cm. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

Andrea Medjesi Jones, Capital Realism (Greta), 2013, acrylic, canvas and pigment on linen, 60 x 50 cm. Courtesy Laurent Delaye Gallery, photo by A. Zangirolami

Andrea Medjesi-Jones: Ventriloquist opened on the 28th of June at the Laurent Delaye Gallery, and it runs until the 27th of July 2013. More information on the exhibition are available at Laurent Delaye Gallery website

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