The image Archive is of a box, the type of acid-free archival container in which photographers and collectors store prints. The composition is a focus-play of grey and black triangles leading the eye to the golden-section payoff… the vertical spine of the composition. The image is like an abstract tuxedo, and the archived element here could be formalism itself.
Images in the series are staged in a dead-pan manner with nothing added, taken away or manipulated. Forms are simply lit as if they were characters in a drama. Yet some provoke imagery, such as the amber filter in Filter. From a distance you might think it's an eye; appropriate for a filter meant to alter one's perception.
Blade is a static composition with a half-open jack-knife that belonged to the artist's late father. The bone handle stands erect but fading to black, as the well worn business end of the knife lies in repose.
There is nothing tricky here… it's just a knife balanced on it's blade. Like much of Jones' work, and previous paintings, the still life is staged to imply a narrative and engage the personality of the object.
A peek into Jones' thought process can be seen in the time-lapse video for his painting The Happy Teapot.
Of course 'snoot' is also a word for condescension or an air of intellectual superiority. It's the way many people see fine art and formalism; an arid academic approach to art which elevates form over content.
Torn Black Object prints are available on Saatchi Art.