Artist Jasper Jones’ ‘ Scroll ‘ probes the ‘contours’ of visual self-representation. In the work, the textual expression of his own identity is based on an aesthetic process that allows the subject to remain abstracted and lie low in the shadows while unceasingly reinventing the course of his personal timeline, both achronological and fragmented. The relationship between disclosure and concealment in Jones’ images follows the unassailable muddle of self-revelation and censorship often so typical to online identities.
Documented during the past five years, the images in ‘ Scroll ‘, draw together a narrative that is enticing, yet deeply enigmatic. In the curated maze of associations, faces remain hidden, body parts detached or indistinguishable, and locations unnamed. The splintered horizon of self-portraits project Jones’ interest in the incessant social media feeds that at large pertain to no obvious curatorial ruling. Through the use of negative space, layering and rotation, Jones goes against the characteristic disarray of social media platforms and generates an aesthetic that reanimates the visual sphere of self-representation online.
Text by Dana Benlakhdar