In the mind of an obsessive street art spotter things get little more exciting than the chance discovery of new art by Jonesy. Two new pieces have appeared recently which raise the bar for sculptural street art.
The first features a dragon fly pinned to a three headed character. The second has what appears to be a pair of Titan beetles, the largest insects in the world against a pair of faces.
Both of the pieces are called Pesticides and both have multiple heads which represent the conflict inherent in our collective agri-industrial choices. Pesticides harm the environment and kill animals, they percolate up the food chain and accumulate in our bodies, yet without them we can’t produce enough food to feed our ballooning population.
Having had the chance to ask Jonesy himself about the meaning of multiple headed creatures within his art it is interesting to revisit some older specimens starting with this classic Tar Sand Nightmare piece, Tar Sand oil production being the incredibly polluting, energy intensive, expensive and land destroying oil production favoured in Alberta, Canada and elsewhere.
That piece is phenomenally resilient. It lost its Native American/Aboriginal Canadian headdress, other artists occasionally paste over it yet it survives and recovers, outlasting the temporary indignities foisted upon it.
Earlier this year a painting of a double headed creature smothered in toxic air pollution appeared in Shoreditch, the dilemma here being between the damning choice between petrol (CO2 pollution) and diesel (NOx) combustion.
Back in 2014 this Genetically Modified Organism appears to be a kind of mutant Siamese twin.
All photos: Dave Stuart