Sculptures composed of fragmented images from magazines and used books
Chris JonesMarc Straus Gallery (299 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002) Map it Free
Jones's sculptures are constructed from materials most have come to disregard, abandon due to the rise of the internet and technology – books, magazines, atlases, and encyclopedias. With these soft materials, the artist spawns sculptures that tell a story. The objects Jones delicately fashions force the observer to look deep into each layer, beyond the surface, to create a personal narrative based on the carefully selected and precisely placed imagery. Through this process of deconstruction and reconstruction we find ourselves, the viewer, now looking at familiar objects - a life-size Shelby Cobra car, a shopping bag, a brown paper bag lunch – and generating a different significance through the new life that Jones has assembled and appropriated.
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).