Chris Jones's EVERYONE IS SOMEWHERE Installation Set for PULSE MIAMI BEACH 2015
MARC STRAUS presents a new sculptural installation specifically made for PULSE MIAMI BEACH 2015, Contemporary Art Fair by British artist, Chris Jones.
Everyone Is Somewhere is a grand "building" featuring four brand new Apartments wall-relief sculptures on each side. The tower piece will be the literal center of the MIAMI BEACH art fair, a major point of the layout installed at the intersection of the main aisles.
The Apartments are three-dimensional and relief collaged artworks that unlock vistas to extraordinary universes. Through his assembling of found and scavenged paper images from magazines and old books, he invents domestic situations where each exposed unit provides a different narrative. The viewer is offered windows into pockets of existence where there is a juxtaposition of uniformity and chaos, a community of unrelated universes unaware of each other, with the grid being the only constant factor. The rooms inform one another directly and subliminally; things fall out of one room into another, an overflowing tub in one bathroom leaks water into the blocks below or smoke from a cigarette rises to the room above. Together the monolith becomes an information transferring structure, eliciting attention from fair-goers.
The Apartments garnered an unprecedented amount of attention when displayed earlier this year at another art fair, with the crowd waiting to go up close to engage with the works and to take photographs.
In the Sunday NY Times review of Jones' 2008 solo museum exhibit at The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Ben Genocchio accurately summarized, "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."
About Chris Jones
Chris Jones (b. 1975) earned an MFA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London in 2002. He was awarded an artist residency at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York in 2008 followed by a solo exhibition at the museum. Recent museum presentations include The Oakland University Art Gallery, Michigan (2014), Knoxville Art Museum (2014), Prague Biennial (2013), Manchester Art Gallery (2012). Both Chris Jones and Paul Pretzer are represented by MARC STRAUS Gallery, New York.
About MARC STRAUS Gallery
MARC STRAUS, located at 299 Grand Street, is a contemporary art gallery that opened in 2011. The gallery specializes in discovering and fostering some of the best new international art talent, representing 16 artists from 10 countries. In Fall 2015, the gallery put on a historical show for Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch, garnering critical acclaim. The gallery continues to extend its program to a wider audience through fairs both in the US as well as international.
At PULSE MIAMI BEACH, Marc Straus will show (BOOTH S-112) Margaret Loy Pula and Lily Kelly Napangardi, the two most renowned Australian Aboriginal artists. Margaret Loy Pula (b. 1956) is known for her award winning "Bush Potato" paintings. In 2011, Loy Pula was the first female artist to win the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize and thePaddington Art Prize. In 2012, she was a finalist in the Wynne Prize and was the first Indigenous artist to win the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. Lily Kelly Napangardi (b. 1948) is known for Tali (Sand Hill) paintings. The finesse of her style is emotive and the muted tones show mysterious topography of land, rain, sand, and wind. Napangardi won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Painting in 1986 and the General Painting category of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 2003. In January 2006, she was named as one of Australia's 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.
Pictured: Chris Jones Everyone Is Somewhere, 2015 Book and magazine images, board, paper, polymer varnish on wood plinth 98 x 48 x 48 inches