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Ronald Jones

High Museum of Art

Ronald Jones’ new work balances a perfect impersonation of formalist abstraction and a strict program of coded meanings. The result is an oscillating, multivocal art that refers to minimalist systems, neo-Expressionist anxiety, and the politics of art, its funding and its designated audience.

His two concurrent shows (bracketed under the title “A Tribute to the Future”) this past summer were based for the most part on an iconography Jones has taken from the International Maritime Code. The symbols are squares and crosses with a clean look and with conventional meanings: “You are in grave danger,” ”I am trying to communicate with you,” etc. Jones assembled his selection of four signs into four discrete pairs, each with one symbol placed above the other, ordered in a sequence that was consistent throughout the two shows. At the satellite High Museum of Art, he painted the squares and crosses

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