Reece Jones enacts a very physical relationship with his heavily worked charcoal drawings. They are created through a process of drawing and erasure – the former representing the planned, cognitive part of the process and the latter that left to chance. Tapping into a huge picture archive Jones marries both man-made and natural environments to create stage sets for dramatic incidents. The geographies that he creates are usually under stress - cracks are appearing in ice or concrete - and the composition brings the viewer into that vulnerable place. In the heavily worked black areas, details come in and out of focus but essentially add up to a scene to which we can relate. A dramatic happening, wrought through the exposed areas of the white paper, disrupts any slight suggestion of normality. These ambiguous, hallucinatory events are again hybrids of the man-made and natural [...]
From the text for Nowhere is Here curated by The Drawing Room, London. 2008.