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