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at Barbara Davis Gallery through June 30th  
by Todd Camplin

Jason Yates’ work is an enigma I did not fully appreciate at first, but I kept coming back and
reading more about his process and the ideas behind his drawings and sculptures, which finally
won me over. I find that art I come to enjoy over time tends to impact me the most.


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as a time consuming meditation through the use of drawing lines. Though similar to Jasper
Johns’ cross hatched paintings, Yates seems to be returning to the intent of the New York
School of abstract artists rather than a mocking criticism that Johns so famously laid on
the AbEx artists. Yates means to look inward, to become more self-aware. The lines are
repeated as if an obsessive prisoner scratches out the days on the prison wall. Yates
invites us to not only explore the surface, but like Lucio Fontana, he lets you look
behind the normally unseen space behind the mark making. Unlike Fontana, Yates
allows these cuts to become patterns that reflect the patterns of lines. He creates
a system of repetition upon repetition that draws you in further, while keeping you
guessing his motives.
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acrylic on canvas with Mylar and copper armature
60 x 60 in.
Installation View
Snake Pit - 2012 - acrylic site-specific commission
Monk Box - 2012 - wood, paint, rope 26 x 26 x 14 in.
end of the show. It would seem he has created similar pieces in different spaces, but each
excited to see what he will produce in the future.