JENNIE C. JONES
Jennie C. Jones practice mines the territory of Modernism—abstraction and minimalism; experimental jazz; and seminal political and social shifts—to reveal the complex and often parallel legacies of the mid-20th century’s social, cultural, and political experimentations. Jones brings to light the unlikely alliances that emerged between the visual arts and the imprint of jazz, highlighting the way they became and continue to exist as tangible markers of social evolution and political strivings.
" As a conceptual artist, Jones is adept in a variety of media including the visual genres of painting, sculpture, and drawing, as well as sound. In fact, her work often intertwines these media. Jones frequently uses iconic phrasing from jazz vocalists and instrumentalists as raw material that she fragments, disrupts, and dissolves into associative sounds, which in turn function as distinct installations or in combination with sculpture or installations of her now emblematic “Acoustic Paintings.” These Acoustic paintings–minimalist in nature–are composed using monochromatic canvases with soundproof panels. The resulting works, often presented as a suite or installation, evoke a physiological response by the viewer, whose recognition of the material triggers an internal expectation of sound. Jones plays upon this psychological expectation, and she often incorporates fragmented sound to mine deep emotional and psychological territories. This practice is evident in an exhibition she created entitled From the Lowinwhich the artist created a suite of black on black paintings. This suite of paintings was combined with a sound composition or “re-composition” appropriated from low, deep cords and dark notes extracted from the music of well-known jazz musicians. Jones has continued this exploration into the intersections of politics, history, the practice of minimalist painting, and the language of experimental, improvisational jazz with her most recent installation Higher Resonance presented at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2013)." -- Valerie Cassel Oliver
Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1968, and currently lives and in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her Master of Fine Art degree in 1996. Prior to that she attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1991 with Fellowship. She is currently a Lecturer in MFA Sculpture Department at Yale University. Among her numerous awards, Jones is 2016 recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Jones’ work has been exhibited at major national and international art institutions including solo presentations at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2009); Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2011); The Kitchen in New York (2011); and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2013). Compilation, a ten-year survey exhibition of her work curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, was on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from December 12, 2015 through March 27, 2016. A book published by Gregory R. Miller with essays by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Hilton Als, and George E. Lewis along with conversation between Jones and Huey Copeland accompanied the exhibition.