Sarah Jones

Cabinet (Spiral)


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Not on display
Sarah Jones born 1959
Digital print on paper
Image: 709 x 550 mm
Presented by Carl Freedman Gallery / Counter Editions, London 2016


This work is from a portfolio of eight prints by British artists commissioned by Counter Editions, London to celebrate the participation of Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Since 1912, prints and posters have been commissioned by host cities and participating nations for each of the Games, creating celebratory and inspiring meetings of art and sport. The prints in this portfolio have been produced by different printing presses and in differing edition sizes and are by: Tracey Emin (True Love Always Wins 2016 [Tate P14444]; Anne Hardy (Reflection 2016 [Tate P14446]; Howard Hodgkin (The Road to Rio 2016 [Tate P14450]; Sarah Jones (Cabinet [Spiral]) 2016 [Tate P14447]); Eddie Peake (Sweat 2016 [Tate P14448]); Benjamin Senior (Stroke Tempo 2016 [Tate P14445]); David Shrigley (Life is Fantastic 2016 [Tate P14451]); and Sam Taylor-Johnson (Wanderer Above the Sea of Dreams 2016 [Tate P14449]). Also is Tate’s collection is a portfolio of prints produced to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 (see Tate P14444P14451).

Cabinet (Spiral) shows an arrangement of decorative glass objects set against a vibrant blue background. Their reflected forms in what appears to be a glass tabletop set up a play of light, translucence and mirroring. The composition continues Jones’s series of ‘Cabinet’ photographs, in which an arrangement in a shallow field undergoes keen formal scrutiny. Familiar ornamental objects are transformed into a statuesque display inspired by the Olympic torch and flame. Cabinet (Spiral) also draws on photographic history; in early black and white photographic experiments, fine glassware was photographed in order to examine the medium’s ability to render clear materials. Here Jones’s vibrant palette of glowing yellow, translucent blue and limpid green appropriately references the colours of the Brazilian flag.

Laura Smith
August 2016

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