So now I have an actual, professional website.
It's about time I guess.

I just always figured I would magically get super web-savvy overnight and create an incredible custom interactive website. But that never happened, so here is my simple, straight-forward version:


I will still use this one as well. I hope to treat it more like an actual blog- filling it with imagery and other interesting detritus.


My Interview in MOMA show - Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot

Artist Paul Chan included my voice in a handful of recordings he made especially for the show Waiting for Godot in New Orleans installation at MoMA (July 2010 - September 2011)
I'm No. 9...


Check it out if you're in NYC, it's up through late next summer.

Also check out P's website if you're not familiar, it's fantastic...my personal favorite is his 'My Own Private Alexandria' collection of free streaming homemade audiobooks.



New Show at The Front, opens April 10th!

All new work, both drawings and paintings...up from April 10-May2nd...opening reception April 10th, 6-10pm


Openings Friday, January the 8th and Saturday the 9th!!

There's a group show opening Friday night in Mobile at Space 301 in the Center for the Living Arts. It's called Moving Vehicles, and it's curated by Mia Kaplan.

The artists included are:
Fred Burton, Bruce Davenport, Jr, Christopher Deris, Rachel Jones, Nicole Kenney, Srdjan Loncar, David Nicolas, Stephanie Patton, Walter Pierce, Frank Relle, Ks Rives, David Webber

Also, Saturday the 9th is the opening of Hot Up Here at the ACA in Lafayette!

Hot up Here is curated by Dan Cameron and includes artists:
Brad Benischek, Stephen Collier, Generic Art Solutions, Jessica Goldfinch, Brian Guidry, Scott Guion, Christopher Jahncke, Rachel Jones, Michelle Levine, Gina Phillips, Christopher Saucedo, Karoline Schleh, Maxx Sizeler, Chris Sullivan, David Sullivan, and Monica Zeringue.



New Site for New Images!

I have been working on a new site that offers more options in terms of images of work, and while it is not finished (more detailed info on each work is coming soon), I am making it available here, now. There are images of several as-of-yet unseen paintings, which are the beginnings of a new body of work.


You can access it anytime through the 'Portfolio' link at the top right of this page. Content and images will change periodically.



Gambit review by D. Eric Bookhardt

Critic Eric Bookhardt reviewed Mnemonic Devices for the Gambit...

"...The paintings and videos in Rachel Jones' and David Webber's Mnemonic
Devices expo are multilayered investigations into the nature of images and
memory. Reflecting a variety of philosophically convoluted methodologies, works
like Jones' Finished (pictured) remain poetic if at times puzzling, effective as
spectacle while challenging our sense of what constitutes the resolution we
ordinarily expect in works of art. Despite, or perhaps because of, such
ambiguities, Devices resonates an energetic dynamic of its own..."



June 6 - August 23

Mnemonic Devices: Rachel Jones and David Webber

(organized by NOMA) (second floor Frederick R. Weisman Galleries)

A duo of Louisiana artists, Rachel Jones and David Webber explore the process of selecting and assembling information from memories and pre-existing documents into new visual amalgams. Working in painting and video respectively, the artists share an interest in dissolving imagery and narratives into expressive fragments. In her paintings, Jones depicts loosely-defined human figures and landscapes which hover on the edge of recognition. Webber, working in video, superimposes images on top of each other, evoking the cognitive process of recollection as it is built through associations.

NOMA has info up about the duo show I am participating in this summer:
New Orleans Museum of Art (link)

Artist David Webber's site:


Images from The Front

Here are some long overdue installation shots from my current show, empty ciphers, at The Front...

yes, there was actually a pink wall...


"...the vast undiscovered country of things that ought to be undone."

One more bit of press for the Winkleman "Things Fall Apart' show- it comes from Sharon Butler and was posted on the Art21 blog, and it includes a thoughtful quote by P Chan...

“It is fashionable today (still?) to claim that there is
nothing new beyond our horizon of art, that everything worth doing has been
done, “ Chan said in his project statement for Godot. “But this seems to me an
altogether specious claim, for it ignores the vast undiscovered country of
things that ought to be undone. In these great times, the terror of action and
inaction shapes the burden of history. Perhaps the task of art today is to
remake this burden anew by suspending the seemingly inexorable order of things
(which gives the burden its weight) for the potential of a clearing to take
place, so that we can see and feel what is in fact worthless, and what is in
truth worth renewing.”

whoa. that's beautiful, no?


Brooklyn Rail writer Hrag Vartanian mentions The Front, and our gallery talk at Winkleman

New York-based art critic Hrag Vartanian included a quote from Natalie and I in an article he wrote for the Brooklyn Rail...he was present at the gallery talk on January 17.
It's a very thoughtful article, many thanks Hrag!

Brooklyn Rail - New York,NY,USA

[...] Back in New York, on January 17th, a special panel at the Winkleman Gallery coinciding with the exhibition Things Fall Apart included members of a New Orleans art collective, The Front. Two of them, Natalie Sciortino and Rachel Jones, offered their perspective on Prospect. 1.
Knowing that the spotlight would not remain forever, the city was already preparing for the aftermath. As Sciortino explained, "We had a lecture...about what we could do after this UFO of Prospect.1 had come and gone. It was about being sustainable there, about organizing ourselves and doing it ourselves."
Jones offered her own assessment, "In New Orleans tourism is king, so if you can prove that you can get people to come into the city and spend some time and spend money, then the general public can get excited about it. It was good in a way that people take the visual arts more seriously because they can see it as a draw in a way that the music culture has always been... they at least respect the fact that it can be an economic force in the city."


Preview of work for March show at The Front, New Orleans...
oil on plastic, 8 x 11 ft
Site specific work for an L-shaped wall in Gallery #2 at The Front

A vulnerable, naked man is caught in a chaotic throng. Fat Man (Altamont) is part of a body of works that contain source imagery associated with tumultuous historical events.
The violence of the free concert at Altamont Speedway in 1969 has come to symbolize the end of an era. Recently, the mythologies associated with that generation seem to resonate, and I find myself delving into the past in hopes of making sense of the present.
I keep thinking about the links/significance of 1968/9 and 2008/9...


Gallery Talk at Winkleman, New York, NY

The artist, Joy Garnett, who curated the Things Fall Apart show at Winkleman has posted a podcast of the artist's talk held Saturday the 17th...both the opening and the talk were very well attended (despite the 10 degree weather!)
Natalie Sciortino and I were there representing The Front, our collective in new Orleans, and we spoke with artists Paul (Chan) and Joy Garnett...



link to images from the show...

Many thanks to all involved, particularly Paul, Joy, and Edward Winkleman!



Fat Man (Altamont) oil on plastic, 15x15". This piece is going in the group show at Winkleman in January...

White Hippies, oil on plastic 12x16