CHRIS JONES | Mute Informants

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Marc Straus Gallery
Mute Informants, 2018
Book, magazine and digital images, board and polymer varnish on aluminum panel
Signed and dated on verso in marker
30.7 x 43.3 x 2 in.


Artist to gallery

British sculptor Chris Jones creates sculptures composed of fragmented images from magazines and used books that are beautiful, frightening, and exquisitely detailed: a macabre headless horse, a 19th century stagecoach, a disheveled TV.

Jones’ work mimics the way in which we assimilate and process the world using our own personal histories and memories as a base to develop new connections. Jones has called on his own memories (through an art historic lens) and the viewers are in turn prompted to call upon their past to create their own personal stories as they relate to these wondrous pieces.

In the Sunday NY Times review of Jones’ 2012 one-person exhibit, Ben Genocchio wrote, “No reproduction can convey the experience of encountering this work. It creates its own environment. Inspiring a sense of enchantment and awe. And the feeling persists the longer you hang around.”

Jones work reminds that everything around us comes with a deeply embedded history and a multitude of stories to tell- that is, if we pay close enough attention.

Chris Jones earned an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London 2002. Jones was awarded an artist residency at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY) in 2008 followed by a solo show at the museum. Past solo gallery shows include Galerie Martin Van Zomeren in Amsterdam (2006) and the Glass Box Gallery, Manchester (2001). Jones has participated in numerous group shows throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, notable recent museum presentations include: The Oakland University Art Gallery, Michigan (2014),Prague Biennial (2013), Manchester Art Gallery (2012), Knoxville Art Museum (2014).