Dada Flow # 3, 2006
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 239 x 137 cm (94 x 54 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the artist, with thanks to John Jones, 2014
The paintings of Toronto artist Janet Jones explore the dizzying phenomena of contemporary urban environments. Her practice investigates the hybrid spaces of contemporary globalism in relation to feminist geography and technology. Based in Toronto, she has exhibited across Canada as well as in New York, England, Germany, France and China. An Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at York University in Toronto, she has served as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Director of the MFA Graduate Program in Visual Arts. Jones received her MFA from York University and her PhD from New York University in art theory and criticism.
The imagery in DaDa Flow #3 is drawn from public spaces such as sterile corporate lobbies and the hyper-lit streetscapes of Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. As the artist notes, these environments “can be exciting, spectacular but at the same time depressing and terrifying, most prominently, in their salient ambition to monopolize all representational experience of space and time as virtual experience.” Alluring and ominous, DaDa Flow #3 instills a sense of trepidation towards our increasingly technological culture. As a psychological impressions of the environment around her, this painting, as much of her other work, represents places that are everywhere and nowhere: the hybrid spaces of our globalized world that collapse the experiential and the technological, near and far, real and virtual.
The acquisition of Dada Flow # 3 reflects the MacLaren’s commitment to collecting works from our exhibition calendar. From March 4 to May 23, 2010, the MacLaren presented DaDa Delirium, a national touring exhibition. Janet Jones donated four paintings from the exhibition that same year, including DaDa Flow #1, which was shown paired with DaDa Flow #3 in our gallery and reproduced in one spread in the exhibition catalogue. DaDa Flow #3 complements these existing works by Jones in our collection and builds on our significant collection of abstract painting by successive generations of Canadian artists, including Jack Bush, Rita Letendre, Ron Martin, Joseph Drapell and David Urban, all of whose distinctively personal formal languages were formed in intellectual analysis.