"Goldmines" by David Jones, Laramie; acrylic and spray paint and graphite on branded panel with steel, wood, and threaded installation components, 11'x6'x1'
At an April 24 ceremony in Casper, David Jones of Laramie was named one of three Wyoming Arts Council visual arts fellowship recipients for 2010. David teaches sculpture in the University of Wyoming art department.
Here's the artist's statement he submitted with his fellowship entry:
The boom and bust nature that was inherent in the early development of the Western United States still occurs and is very evident in Wyoming. Things such as the current national and glo bal economic crisis and the ripple effects on supply and demand that have come out of this have resulted in the evaporation of entires communities -- ghost towns. The essence of the boom and bust cycle, -- what it represents on a larger scale and how its nature has helped shape the Western landscape -- is what my current work seeks to explore.