Bill Jones (artist)

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Bill Jones is a photographer, installation artist, performer and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. His work is concerned with light as both a physical phenomenon and metaphorical figure. Jones was part of the Vancouver School of conceptual photography, along with such artists as Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace and Jeff Wall. Jones has three daughters; his youngest daughter (with New York-based, Canadian-born video artist Ardele Lister) is actress and screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones.[1] He is married to visual artist and writer Joy Garnett.


Bill Jones' work has been shown in the United States, Canada and elsewhere, including a mid-career retrospective, "Bill Jones: 10 Years of Multiple-Image Narratives," at the International Center of Photography, NY;[2] P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, LIC, NY; Exit Art, NY;[3] Brooklyn Museum;[4] Vancouver Art Gallery;[5][6] Jewish Museum, NY;[7] Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY;[8] Sandra Gering Gallery, NY;[9] Lombard-Freid, NY;[10] Amy Lipton Gallery, NY;[11] White Columns, NY;[12] Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto, ONT;[13] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Milwaukee Art Museum; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK.[14]

Jones' 2003 exhibition "Nite Nite" at Sandra Gering Gallery[15] with musician collaborator Ben Neill started a new development of MIDI-controlled video, whereby performed elements of sampled video are "played" by both VJ and musician. Their collaborations include Palladio,[16] an interactive, playable movie based on the novel by Jonathan Dee that premiered in Glasgow's New Territories Festival[17] and in New York City at Symphony Space (Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater)[18] in February and March respectively, 2005. Jones' work was also featured in Playvision[19] at the World Financial Center in the Spring of 2006.

Jones' table installation, "Elevations Levitations and the Twist," which was shown at Toronto's A Space in 1974 and is now in the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Ontario,[20] was presented in the reopening exhibitions of the new Frank Gehry-designed AGO in November 2008.[21]

Jones created "Night Science," a set of interactive video for music composed by long-time collaborator Ben Neill. The primarily black and white imagery evokes a noirish urban vibe inspired by sci-fi noir films such as Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville. Jones and Neill performed this work live[22] at the Galapagos Art Space[23] in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY in September 2009 for the Night Science record release party.[24]

Jones' 1971 photo-conceptual piece, "Landscape #1"[25] was included in the traveling exhibition "Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980" (2010-2012), the first major account of the development of Conceptual Art in Canada from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, curated by Grant Arnold, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault with Vincent Bonin, and Jayne Wark. Traffic was organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House) and the Vancouver Art Gallery, in partnership with the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University), Halifax, INK with the support of the University of Toronto Art Centre, Blackwood Gallery, and Doris McCarthy Gallery.[26][27][28]

Previously the managing editor of Arts Magazine, Jones conceived and founded Artbyte: The Magazine of Digital Culture in 1998, which he edited for its first two years.[29] He has collaborated with electro-chemist and cancer researcher Merrill Garnett since the publication First Pulse: A Personal Journey in Cancer Research.[30]

Jones is a convert to Judaism.[31]


  1. ^ Baylen, Ashley (September 17, 2012). "Interview With 'Whitney' and 'Lola Versus' Actress Zoe Lister-Jones". Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Bill Jones: 10 Years of Multiple-Image Narratives, International Center of Photography, NY, FEBRUARY 26–MARCH 29, 1981
  3. ^ Terrorvision Archived 2012-10-01 at the Wayback Machine, Exit Art, NY, 5/1/2004 - 7/31/2004
  4. ^ Working in Brooklyn: Installations, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, August 3, 1990 through October 15, 1990
  5. ^ Bill Jones: a survey The Vancouver Art Gallery, January 6th-February 1, 1976 Bill Jones a Survey, The Vancouver Art Gallery, 1976.
  6. ^ Enacting Abstraction The Vancouver Art Gallery, February 14 to May 10, 2009.
  7. ^ A Plastic Presence Archived March 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Jewish Museum, NY, November 19, 1969 through January 4, 1970; Milwaukee Art Center, January 30 through March 8, 1970; San Francisco Museum of Art, April 24 through March 8, 1970
  8. ^ Subject to Sound, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Andrea Lilienthal and Jean-Paul Maitinsky, Thursday, March 30, 2000 - Saturday, May 20, 2000
  9. ^ Nite Nite, BILL JONES and BEN NEILL "Nite Nite", Sandra Gering Gallery, NY, 22 March - 19 April 2003
  10. ^ The Experimenters, Lombard-Freid Projects, NY, curated by Kenny Schachter, Wednesday, December 18, 1996 - Saturday, January 18, 1997
  11. ^ Angel Chaser, solo exhibition Amy Lipton Gallery, NY, 1989.
  12. ^ Night Vision, White Columns, curated by Joy Garnett, June 14 - July 20, 2002.
  13. ^ Suzy Lake As Patty Hearst Bill Jones & Suzy Lake, a collaboration from the 70s at Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto, Nov-Dec 2008.
  14. ^ N01se, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (UK), curated by artist Adam Lowe and historian of science, Simon Schaffer, January 22 - March 26, 2000.
  15. ^ Nite Nite Bill Jones & Ben Neill at Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC, Spring 2003
  16. ^ Palladio Archived July 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Filmmaker Magazine. "Palladio," Bill Jones & Ben Neill, at Symphony Space, Friday March 4, 2005 - Saturday March 5, 2005 from 8:30pm - 9:45pm.
  17. ^ New Territories Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, February 2005.
  18. ^ Palladio Archived April 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Symphony Space, March 2005.
  19. ^ PlayVision: Fusing Sound, Video, Art & Music.
  20. ^ Bill Jones, Elevations, Levitations and the Twist, 1974, Colour and black and white photographs mounted on wood, dowel legs, 1.2 by 12.2 meters (3.9 ft × 40.0 ft). installation view, Bill jones a Survey, The Vancouver Art Gallery, 1976. Collection, The Art Gallery of Ontario.
  21. ^ The New AGO, newsgrist, November 19, 2008.
  22. ^ Night Science record release announcement, CD release party, Galapagos Art Space, September 23, 2009.
  23. ^ Night Science record release, Bill Jones & Ben Neill live performance, Galapagos Art Space, September 23, 2009.
  24. ^ Night Science on YouTube, "Monochromatic" from Ben Neill's album Night Science performed by Ben Neill and Bill Jones at the Night Science record release party at Galapagos Art Space, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, September 23, 2009.
  25. ^ Bill Jones, Landscape #1, 1971, silver print, cut glass, 122x122 cm, 48"x48". Collection The Vancouver Art Gallery in "Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980", University of Toronto Art Centre, 2010
  26. ^ "Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980" Archived December 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, University of Toronto Art Centre, 2010.
  27. ^ Hot Art: Canada, Conceptualized (Bill Jones, Landscape #1, left wall, installation shot) Where Canada, November 2010.
  28. ^ Bill Jones, Landscape #1, installation shot, bottom left Archived 2013-12-04 at the Wayback Machine "Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980", at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, September 11 – November 28, 2010. The exhibition traveled across Canada in 2011–12.
  29. ^ <eyebeam><blast> get real, Tue, 7 April 1998 08:21:23 (eyebeam list-serve).
  30. ^ First Pulse: A Personal Journey in Cancer Research, by Dr. Merrill Garnett (Author), Bill Jones (Editor), Joy Garnett (Illustrator) 2nd edition First Pulse Projects, Inc. (December 14, 2001).
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