Street Talk Art
Piece it together

About

My name is Cary Jones.

My art is created from material I collect off the streets. I gather pieces of posters, stickers and paper from the backs of signs, the sides of dumpsters and utility boxes, and from the streets and sidewalks. Sometimes I find colorful venue wristbands on the sidewalk or in the gutter, where they have been thrown away after a night on the town.  Occasionally, I find unusual treasures like the love letter that somehow ended up on the South Congress sidewalk in Austin.

I have harvested materials from Austin, Portland and Los Angeles thus far. As a rule, I do not mix materials from different cities and I prefer not mixing material from different neighborhoods within the same city.  All three cities, I have harvested material form thus far, have their own idiosyncrasies of presentation, color and style. Location is essential in appreciating my collages.

The very nature of the raw materials I use and the way they naturally fit together often produce a raw and fractured presentation that reflects the world in which we live. I like to think these collages are trying to talk that they have a story to tell. It is a story from a particular time and place in a city but they speak a common shared language. I call it Street Talk.

 

My art is created from material I collect off the streets. I gather pieces of posters, stickers and paper that have been stuck on signs, dumpsters, utility boxes, and the sides of buildings. I gather paper off the streets and sidewalks. Sometimes I find colorful venue wristbands on the sidewalk or in the gutter where they have been thrown away after a night on the town. The supply is limitless.

I have harvested materials from Austin, Portland and Los Angeles thus far. As a rule, I do not mix materials from different cities and I prefer not mixing material from different neighborhoods within the same city.  All three cities I have harvested material from thus far have their own idiosyncrasies of presentation, color and style.  Location is essential in appreciating my collages.

The very nature of the raw materials I use and the way they naturally fit together often produce a raw and fractured presentation that reflects the world in which we live. I like to think these collages are trying to talk and that they have a story to tell. It is a story from a particular time and place in a city but they speak a common, shared language. I call it Street Talk.

Cary Jones, Austin 2018