Atlanta's Jeff Conefry works with traditional materials in innovative ways in paintings that explore the space between improvisation and preconception. Mostly black and white, they deal with the fundamental aspects of the materiality of painting, in a way that is unique, with hints of familiarity. Conefry combines the elements of thick black and white paint, tactile exposed linen on thick blocks of wood with the nails pinning the linen exposed, in a conversation about the physicality of the painting as an object, that is constructed and assembled - rather than executed. Paint is used as paint is traditionally used, in creating an image, and at other times, paint is used as a material symbol for the act of painting.
Jeff Conefry lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and received his BFA from the University of New York at Purchase, New York. He has exhibited in Atlanta at the 1997 Nexus Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Eyedrum Gallery and the Spruill Arts Center.