ARTIST STATEMENT
My work explores how our ever‐expanding consumer culture has shaped the
environments and landscapes in which we live. Most recently, it has been inspired
by the scenery in and around the Upstate of South Carolina—a landscape dotted
with the deteriorating infrastructures of old mill villages, empty storefronts, and
industries of days gone by. This setting includes the intense variety of color that
engulf the mountains during autumn, the faded hues of old commercial signs, and
the dark tones of dilapidated structures scattered along the back roads of the south.
This is a place blanketed by invasive plants such as kudzu and Japanese
honeysuckle, which feverishly grow wherever they wish. Enveloping everything in
their path with an impenetrable blanket of green. The densely layered compositions
and aged surfaces that are characteristic of my work are a reflection of my desire to
emulate these settings, and to convey through the patina of wear and exposure the
ephemeral nature of life. They are my interpretations of an oxymoron— a beautiful
detritus.

BIOGRAPHY
Jonas Criscoe is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work has been exhibited
throughout the United States, notably the Texas Biennial and the International Print
Center in New York. Criscoe has also been featured in various art publications,
Including Art Lies and New American Painting: The Western Edition and most
recently was a West Prize Acquisition finalist. A native of Austin, Texas, he received
his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and the University of Texas at
Austin, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008.



Gallery Gray presents:
a solo exhibition by Jonas Criscoe