Repurposed Thoughts

Dane Jones

November 2 - December 31


Dane Jones was born on July 23, 1981 and grew up in a small rural Kansas town called Lebo. After graduating from High School in 2000, Dane attended Emporia State University where he earned his B.F.A. in sculpture in 2005. Dane took a year off between undergraduate and graduate school to gain valuable experience working in an art foundry. In 2006, Dane accepted a graduate teaching assistant position at Wichita State University in the printmaking department under John Boyd.

In the spring of 2009, Dane was awarded an M.F.A. in printmaking. Over the years since graduate school Dane has worked at Newman University and Wichita State University as an adjunct professor of printmaking and sculpture. Dane has also worked in various museums in the Wichita area working in the curatorial departments.

Dane currently lives and works in Wichita Kansas.


Artist Statement:

My work derives from the ample supply of scraps, recycled materials, found objects, garbage and many more things from our throwaway society. Surface, ornamentation, and texture with the awareness of these materials and there multiple technical possibilities help engage my creative process. 

By abstracting everyday materials into objects that undergo transformation the works take on unrecognizable forms. I ask my viewers to observe and find something that could be responsible for opening new ideas on how we use and manipulate materials. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

Each work stands on its own and has no real image to be pulled from its domain. If one wants to see a sail boat or a flower that is the power of the viewer. I feel it is itself a form of readable imagery, but a form of imagery that is not yet fully understood. Society is riddled with an over stimulation from an abundance of symbols. We must break these images down and process them into communication. A lot of this information I feel is irrelevant. Looking at things differently, learning to see things in a new form, and developing your own ideas from that experience; that is where I wish the viewer to go.