As if sliding down the wall, Locust Jones’ ‘Sacred News’ is a scrawling, ultramarine chronicle of uproar, religion and contemporary politics. On the right, the Kaabais surrounded by millions of worshippers, doubling as a kind of solar system.
Jones’ furious collisions of images and phrases produce a charged kind of poetry. There is no concern for grace nor a tidy bow to tie around cosmological problems. Instead, he continues to draw out and revel in universal chaos, hauling it into the here and now through fragments from the daily news cycle.
Born in New Zealand and now living in Australia, Locust Jones works have been primarily influenced by his travels and close his attention and concern to current world political issues. With an animated and expressive energy he compulsively draws in ink, arranging on large-scale panoramic sheets of paper and in universal proportions his papiermâché globes, text-based imagery, expressive, scrawled drawings of haunted and tortured faces from the rubble and confusion of war torn cities. Jones exhibits throughout New Zealand and Australia, and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Germany, and Lebanon. His works are held in numerous public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.