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The River By Which We Sharpen Our Knives: New art by Rob Jones

June 14, 2019 7:00 pm @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The River By Which We Sharpen Our Knives- New art by Rob Jones


Long before I ever stepped foot in it, the river was forging itself. Over time, the river stripped away the earth, breaking apart rock, and it hasn’t stopped flowing since. The river has been moving for centuries, and when I visit, I can hear the whispers of all those who waded into it before me. The river has long beckoned humankind. It’s roars and trickles like siren songs inviting intrepid explores to discover its hidden secrets. The river produces nourishment, it washes away dirt and sins. You can’t walk over or drive into the river. You must leave all of that behind to enter. There is more than just a current flowing through the murky waters… there is a legend… a majesty.

The river is never the same when I visit. It is in a constant state of change; collecting, discarding, flowing, evolving. The relics left behind and spit out has always fascinated me. I would visit the river religiously looking for inspiration and strange objects to build new art of. I loved collecting and pondering the stories of how these random objects came to this exact point in time. I continued to come and discover what the river would provide next, but what I didn’t realize, was that the river was just providing me my own self. The deeper I waded into the water, the more I could embrace the murkiness of the world around me. The more I gave into the current, the more I could tap into that “flow” all around me.

What I eventually learned was that the river doesn’t just flow away, it also flows back into you. It changes you. It teaches you. It helps you discover… YOU. This exhibition is a thesis on everything the river has given me. This collection of art is my attempt to make physical the profound education the river has given me since the first time I waded in as a child.

Now I spend my days taking my own boys to the river with me. This is our sanctuary, and our classroom. We collect our discoveries, we fish, we play. But I know this is more than just a river, I know that with each visit, something is flowing back into them as well. Within the current are lesson of love, respect, wonder, and inspiration. This is The River By Which We Sharpen Our Knives.

-Rob Jones

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June 14, 2019 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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218 McDowell St
Columbus, 43215 United States
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