About Julon Pinkston

 

Explain the Tape

Artist Statement

 

 

A couple years ago, for my studio practice, I set up one simple rule for myself, which is whenever I go into the studio I always need to be exploring new possibilities in art and to never  enter the studio knowing exactly what the art will be I finish it.  The use of play and intuition is a very important part of my creative process.

In my latest body of work I am creating objects which appear to be duct tape, masking tape, red dots, bandages, utilitarian items, etc., but is in fact made of paint. The variety of the surfaces on which these paintings are made, plywood panels, the canvas, the staples, etc. become an integral part of the art so that the paintings take on a sculptural aspect.  All of these elements, the fake-tape, the BBs, the plywood, and just letting paint be paint, for me, are the tools I have set up for myself in order to be able to play with compositions and discover new possibilities in the art along the way.  This is a visual vocabulary that I hope to expand.  I think that sometimes people who look at the work may find themselves guessing what parts of the painting are real or which I have manufactured.  Therefore these works explore a duality between abstraction and figuration.

When I first started making the tape paintings I was responding to a painting process of using masking tape to create hard-edged shapes. I like the idea of making compositions with tape, which seems like they are cheap and fast, but at the same time (since they are not tape, but paint) there is this almost tedious or ridiculous amount of labor involved in making them look and feel like tape that can be peeled off the surface. I like the idea that art should seem like it is easy even when it’s not.  I enjoy pushing the conventions that confine artistic media, whether traditional or nontraditional, and seeing what else I can do with it.  I hope that when you look at this work you see it with the same sense of humor, the same kind of play or sense of discovery in which they are made.

 

Julon D. Pinkston, MFA

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Education:
2005    MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of North Texas.
2003    BFA, Studio Art-Painting, Summa Cum Laude, University of Houston.

Exhibitions:

2012:   Refresh: A group exhibition with Julon Pinkston, Marzia Faggin, Melanie Crader , Alex Blau,

Frances Goodman, Ji Yong Kim, Lindsey Nobel , and Micha Patiniott

PG Contemporary, Houston, TX

Alumni Invitational, San Jacinto College North Gallery, Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibition, Lone Star College – Kingwood, Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibition, Houston Community College Central Art Gallery, Houston, TX

2011:   The Big Show 2011, Guest Juror Larissa Harris, Curator at Queens Museum of Art,
The Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2011, Williams Tower Gallery,

Houston,TX.

Faculty Exhibition, Lone Star College – Kingwood, Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibition, Houston Community College Central Art Gallery, Houston, TX

2010:   Holiday group Exhibition, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX.
Lone Star College Kingwood and Tomball Faculty Exhibition- University of Houston

Clear Lake Art Gallery, Houston, TX.

2009:   Faculty Exhibition, Lone Star College – Kingwood, Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibition, Houston Community College Central Art Gallery, Houston, TX
Wheels and Tires: Donna Perkins, Julon Pinkston, Marité Preti, Jim Robertson, Carol
Scott, Sally Worthington, August 1 – 29, 2009, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville,

TX
The Big Show 2009, Guest Juror Laura Fried, Assistant Curator for the Contemporary

Art Museum, St. Louis, The Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Wheels and Tires: Donna Perkins, Julon Pinkston, Marité Preti, Jim Robertson, Carol Scott,

Sally Worthington, Feb. 21 – Apt 19, 2009, The Art Car Museum, Houston, TX

2009:   Faculty Exhibition, Lone Star College – Kingwood, Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibition, Houston Community College Central Art Gallery, Houston, TX

Wheels and Tires: Donna Perkins, Julon Pinkston, Marité Preti, Jim Robertson, Carol Scott, Sally                  Worthington, August 1 – 29, 2009, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX

The Big Show 2009, Guest Juror Laura Fried, Assistant Curator for the Contemporary Art                            Museum, St. Louis, The Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX.

            Wheels and Tires: featuring work by Jim Robertson, Julon Pinkston, Carol Scott, Marité      Preti,                            Sally Worthington, and Donna Perkins. The Art Car Museum, Houston,        TX. 

2008:   Faculty Exhibition, Lone Star College – Kingwood, Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibition, Houston Community College Central Art Gallery, Houston, TX

            Two from UNT: Sarah Williams and Julon Pinkston. McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX.

Query Mys-tiery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Julon Pinkston. 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX.

            32th Annual Union Art Competition, Juror Thomas Feulmer, The Union Gallery at the

University of North Texas. Denton, TX.

            The College Art Association/MFA 2008 Exhibition, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX

Skeksi and Gelfling, New Prints and Installation by Julon Pinkston, Cora Stafford Gallery,                Denton, TX

The Voertman Annual Art Competition, Charles Wylie, University of North Texas                                         COVAD Art Gallery.  Denton, TX.

2007:   Coming Together/Pulling Apart.  The McKinney Avenue Contemporary.  Dallas, TX.
Expo 2007, Juried Show, Juror: Frances Colpitt.  500X Gallery, Dallas, TX.

            31th Annual Union Art Competition, Juror Tony Holman, The Union Gallery at         the                                           University of North Texas. Denton, TX.

            Julon Pinkston and Lori Geisler.  The Union Gallery at the University of North Texas.

Denton, TX.

Paint Trap: Group Exhibition of University of North Texas Graduate Students , Cora Stafford                                  Gallery, Denton, TX

            Not to be Missed by Anyone, Participating artist: Adrian Aguirre, Bernardo Cantu, Annie       Carter                           Arnold, Lori Giesler, Mariko Frost, Jenny Jones, Bryce Lafferty, Julon          Pinkston, Sarah                                    Williams. 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

2006:   The Voertman Annual Art Competition, Juror Rainey Knudson, University of North Texas                            SOVA Art Gallery.  Denton, TX.

            30th Annual Union Art Competition, Juror Holly Johnson.  The Union Gallery at the                                                 University of North Texas. Denton, TX.

2005:   GroupExhibition of the Painting Graduates at the University of North Texas.  Slingshot        Ad                               Agency.  Dallas, TX.

            Pornophilia, Bootleg Gallery.  Houston, TX.

            The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center.  Houston, TX.

2004:   Columbus Institute of Contemporary Arts.  Columbus, GA.

            Flying Colors, Columbus Museum.  Columbus, GA.

2003:   Group Exhibition, Blossom Street Gallery.  Houston, TX.

2002:   Annual Student Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery.  Houston, TX

Group Exhibition, Midtown Arts Center.  Houston, TX

            10th Annual Warehouse Art Crawl, Francisco Studios.  Houston, TX.

Art Climb V, Francisco Studios.  Houston, TX.

 

Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Professor, Lone Star College, Kingwood Campus, Houston, TX

Fall 2008 – Current

Adjunct Professor, Houston Community College, Central Campus, Houston, TX

Fall 2008 – Current

Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Fall 2005 – Spring 2008

 

Scholarships and Awards:

2012:    Hunting Art Prize Finalist

2007:   Thomas Norby Scholarship, University of North Texas

31th Annual Union Art Competition, Juror Tony Holman, Honorable Mention.

The Union Gallery at the University of North Texas. Denton,TX.

2006    The Voertman’s Annual Art Competition, Juror Rainey Knudson, Grand Prize Award.

University of North Texas SOVA Art Gallery.

-Julon Pinkston