Beast-Footed Feathered Serpents contains works about dinosaurs, fish, and birds, and is sometimes about dinosaurs, fish, and birds, but is equally about line, emotion, and evolutionary dominance. Though they are attuned to taxonomical accuracy, the honesty and the imaginative vitality of the large-scale compositions in this exhibition overflow the realms of natural history and biology to comment unselfconsciously on psychology, freedom, and other profoundly basic conditions of life.
The writing component of this collaboration between Jules Buck Jones and Caitlin Haskell takes two forms: decks of animal POWERfact playing cards and an essay composed by Haskell that considers the epistemology of a dinosaur drawer, while reflecting on the three-month-long process leading up to this exhibition.
Jules Buck Jones currently lives in Austin Texas. He has just finished his first year in the MFA program at the University of Texas with a focus in Painting and drawing He has recently shown at the new Mass Gallery here in Austin in their premiere show titled Related. Before that, Jules worked, studied, and showed in Richmond VA where he earned his BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jules received the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in 2004. His new work deals with animals, extinct and alive, real and fantastic. Jules contemplates the role of animals today, and their past and future relationships with mankind, the world, and each other.
Caitlin Haskell is Editor of ...might be good, testsite's sister project. She is also a doctoral student in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.