We are thrilled to share the announcement of Abiogenesis, a new solo exhibition by Florida-based painter Erik Jones at Hashimoto Contemporary! Melding together concepts of creation and human adaptability, the new works focus on the organic fluidity within life. The exhibition runs September 3 - 24, 2022.

Image description: Erik Jones, Strange Positions, 2022. A figure painting of a woman abstracted by colorful paint strokes.
Erik Jones, Strange Positions, 2022.

Returning for his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, Jones' new work reflects on the theory of original evolution from inorganic non-living matter into what we are today. Jones uses this concept while creating loose pours of paint, sometimes mixing up to 80 different colors, waiting for them to harden and then collaging them into his work. The evolution of these pieces start with a realistic, ambiguous figure and are transformed by adding the cured drip patterns to form an abstracted body shape, creating a subtle expressiveness and life within the paintings.

Jones' new paintings reflect on the genesis of our creation while also using AI 3D generated images of people to use as his references. This new process, acquired during the pandemic, compliments the abstraction of his shapes while also removing his previous technique of hard-edge lines, creating a more organic and enigmatic body.

Image description: Erik Jones, From the Rocks, 2022. A painting of a person abstracted by strokes of color.
Erik Jones, From the Rocks, 2022.
Image description: Erik Jones, Becoming, 2022. A painting of a man bent over and abstracted by strokes of color.
Erik Jones, Becoming, 2022.

About the Artist:
Erik Jones is an American contemporary figure painter, born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1982. He went to Ringling College of Art and Design, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007. Shortly after he completed his studies, he moved to New York. He is currently based outside of Chicago.

About the Gallery:
Hashimoto Contemporary has locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Their roster consists of an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, their programming focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. You can also visit them at a variety of international art fairs and traveling exhibitions in Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Image description: Erik Jones, Omo-1, 2022. A colorful abstracted shape that somewhat resembles a skull on a pedestal.
Erik Jones, Omo-1, 2022.