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william e. jones

biography

William E. Jones was born in 1962 in Canton (OH). He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Jones’ work is characterized by the study of archival material. Over the course of more than two decades, he has created films, videos, photographs, prints and texts that reorganize and recontextualize archival material of all kinds. He offers an interpretation of some cross-sections of American society, focusing on episodes from recent history that have either slipped into oblivion or have been purposefully forgotten. He intervenes on found footage available on the web and on archival material, experimenting with digital files presented as movies. He combines research with formal experimentation, revealing the passions and sublimated political forces at work in documents of the state, forgotten or overlooked popular media, and official (and unofficial) visual histories.

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William E. Jones was born in 1962 in Canton (OH). He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Jones’ work is characterized by the study of archival material. Over the course of more than two decades, he has created films, videos, photographs, prints and texts that reorganize and recontextualize archival material of all kinds. He offers an interpretation of some cross-sections of American society, focusing on episodes from recent history that have either slipped into oblivion or have been purposefully forgotten. He intervenes on found footage available on the web and on archival material, experimenting with digital files presented as movies. He combines research with formal experimentation, revealing the passions and sublimated political forces at work in documents of the state, forgotten or overlooked popular media, and official (and unofficial) visual histories.

In 2013, William E. Jones’s work was the subject of solo exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus. His work has also been featured in solo exhibitions and programs at the 37th Cambridge Film Festival, Heong Gallery, Downing College Cambridge, Cambridge (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); ar/ge kunst Gallery Museum, Bolzano, Italy (2009); Tate Modern, London (2005), and others.

Recent group exhibitions include Histories of our time. On Collective and Personal Narratives, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2019); The Past is Present, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2013); Les Dérives de l’imaginaire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); More American Photographs, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2011); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, and California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside (2013); Desire, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway (2012); RAY 2012 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2012); “Untitled” (Death by Gun), 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Time Again, Sculpture Center, New York (2011); and The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011).

In 2013 he curated Imitation of Christ at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the book that accompanied the exhibition, published by MACK, was named by Time as one of the best photo books of 2013.

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images

Triptych of Killed Group Portraits (Carl Mydans), 2018

Hand coated ink-jet prints

24,5 × 37 cm;

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Diptych of Killed Group Portraits (John Vachon), 2018

Hand coated ink-jet prints

22,5 × 32,5 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Triptych of Killed Portraits (Arthur Rothstein, John Vachon), 2018

Hand coated ink-jet prints

62,5 × 54,4 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Diptych of Killed Group Portraits (Carl Mydans), 2018

Hand coated ink-jet prints

43,2 × 54 cm each, framed

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Rejected, 2017

High definition video, black and white, silent

7h47'50'' looped

3000 Killed, 2017

High definition video, black and white, silent

100'

National Photo #1 (Saint Petersburg), 2010

Archival pigment print

56,2 × 74,3 cm

National Photo #3 (Mont Saint Michel), 2010

Archival pigment print

61,9 × 80 cm

National Photo #4 (The Bahamas), 2010

Archival pigment print

54,6 × 69,9 cm

Two Photographs by Lewis Hine, 2010

C-print

76,2 × 101,6 cm

Declassified Wallpaper #2, 2015

photocopies and pins

Dimensions variable

Psychic Driving, 2014

Sequence of digital files, color, sound

14:30''

Contraband, 2010

Sequence of digital files, color, silent

3'59'' looped

Monument, 2011

Sequence of digital files, black and white, silent

7'52''

The Fall of Comunism as seen in gay pornography, 1998

Video, color

19'

public exhibitions

Kunsthaus Baselland

Basel

Histories of our Time: On collective and personal narratives

13.9 – 10.11.2019

Photo: Gina Folly

Kunsthaus Baselland

Basel

Histories of our Time: On collective and personal narratives

13.9 – 10.11.2019

Photo: Gina Folly

Kunsthaus Baselland

Basel

Histories of our Time: On collective and personal narratives

13.9 – 10.11.2019

Photo: Gina Folly

Heong Gallery

Downing College Cambridge

Cambridge

Fall into Ruin, Microcinema at the 37th Cambridge Film Festival

18.2.2020

Photo: Jean-Luc Benazet

Heong Gallery

Downing College Cambridge

Cambridge

Fall into Ruin, Microcinema at the 37th Cambridge Film Festival

18.2.2020

Photo: Jean-Luc Benazet

Heong Gallery

Downing College Cambridge

Cambridge

Fall into Ruin, Microcinema at the 37th Cambridge Film Festival

18.2.2020

Photo: Jean-Luc Benazet

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)

Los Angeles

The Long Take: Mariah Garnett and William E. Jones

16.6 – 27.8.2016

Photo: Christopher Wormald

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)

Los Angeles

The Long Take: Mariah Garnett and William E. Jones

16.6 – 27.8.2016

Photo: Christopher Wormald

Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis

Killed

8.2 – 28.4.2013

Photo: Courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis

Killed

8.2 – 28.4.2013

Photo: Courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis

2013-02-08

Killed

28.4.2013

Photo: Courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum

press

Hand In Love

Tausif Noor on William E. Jones’s I’m Open to Anything

Tausif Noor

Artforum

12 April, 2019

William E. Jones e Michael Fliri alla galleria Raffaella Cortese

Rossella Moratto

ATP Diary

June 6, 2018

William E. Jones at Galleria Raffaella Cortese

Marco Tagliafierro

Artforum

March 13, 2015

Between Artists: Thom Andersen / William E. Jones

Andrew Lampert

BOMB

September 15, 2013

publications

I'm Open to Anything

William E. Jones

We Heard You Like Books

Los Angeles

2019

True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell

William E. Jones

We Heard You Like Books

Los Angeles

2016

Imitation of Christ

William E. Jones

MACK

London

2013

Killed : Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration

William E. Jones

PPP Editions

New York

2010

William E. Jones: Arge Kunst #1

Luigi Fassi

Mousse Publishing

Milan

2009

Willam E. Jones: Tearoom

Texts by William E. Jones, George Painter, Michael Sicinski, Bret Wood, and Martin D. Yant

2nd Cannons Publications

Los Angeles

2008

Halsted Plays Himself

William E. Jones

Semiotext(e) / Native Agents

2001