With his stars on more walls, his star is definitely in the ascendant. Artist Franklin Jonas is rising in prominence after participating in the Red Bull House of Art, Round 1. His latest work is now on display at the Library Street Collective, the same gallery that has exhibited internationally renowned artists like William John Kennedy and John "Crash" Matos, and includes work by Salvador Dalí in their holdings.
But Jonas is not resting on his laurels. His stars project has evolved and will continue to evolve. At Red Bull last year, the stars were all the same size and arranged into a rectangular pattern which collectors could buy individually or in groups. The new stars are different sizes and arranged into larger star patterns. "This is the direction the stars project is going," Jonas said at the opening reception last night. "I like it better."
And gallery owners Anthony and J. J. Curis like the younger, more local direction curator and part owner Matt Eaton is taking the gallery in, but they still have plans to show the work of established artists of international renown once in a while. They also reaffirmed their commitment to Detroit and Detroit artists. "We are here every day," Anthony Curis said. Occasionally they can be seen downtown guiding their out-of-town friends around the city.
Attendees at the reception were also impressed by Matthew Hawtin's acrylic paintings, some on fiberglass panels, some on canvas or wood, with their subtleties hidden in large fields of flat color. Hawtin's attention to detail is also evident on the backs of the pieces as well as the wall mounts, which Hawtin made himself.
The exhibit runs until May 2, according to the gallery's website. The exhibit also includes work by James Collins.