High Point (USA) 1991
Jon Rollins is an American artist who lives and works in North Carolina. He received his BFA in Studio Art, with specialisation Printmaking, from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. He has been the beneficiary of the David Marshall and the Jonathan E. Sharpe scholarships. His groups shows include: ‘Thump’, Red Dog Gallery (Winston Salem, NC, 2018) and ‘All Member Juried’ at the Center for Visual Artists, (Greensboro, NC, 2017).
His work is represented by JanKossen Contemporary in New York, where he has his first solo show in 2019, ‘Bigger and Better Things’.
Jon Rollins makes abstract and non-representational work through media experimentation and variations of process. His works evolve through oscillations of spontaneous, intuitive movements and methodical structuring, ranging from chance marks to grid layouts. His imagery incorporates realistic cues, doodles, abstracted forms, and patterns.
Rollins begins by selecting choice scraps, including sketches, tests, tape, doodles, and table coverings that are collaged and combined with paint and drawing materials. During this search, the scraps are altered, cut down, and sometimes completely obscured on the canvas. This leads Rollins to question whether each piece transitions to a better state as result of these manipulations. He concludes that “A scrap may lose its original personality, but it also sheds its sense of incompleteness”. Thoughtfully composed, these materials transcend the scrap pile. As a work develops, a new set of excess materials are generated and saved for future projects.
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