G. B. Jones
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G. B. Jones
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Musician, artist, filmmaker|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||Fifth Column, Bunny and the Lakers, Opera Arcana|
From the early 1980s to the late 1990s, Jones performed with the post-punk band Fifth Column, playing drums, guitar and background vocals, and was one of the co-founders of the group. The band's first album, To Sir With Hate was released in 1985. In 2002, Fifth Column's last release, Imbecile, appeared on the Kill Rock Stars compilation album Fields and Streams.
Artwork and publications
G. B. Jones initially received recognition for her drawings, which were published in the queer punk fanzine J.D.s, founded by Jones and co-published with Bruce LaBruce. Jones said about the creation of the zine: "We thought of the magazine as just a joke...There was no gay-punk scene here. The gay clubs had no time for punk or even dykes. The hard-core scene was macho and homophobic."
According to Dodie Bellamy, G. B. Jones "co-opts the male-on-male objectifying gaze of gay erotica and converts it to a female-on-female gaze" and her Tom Girls series of drawings (based on the work of Tom of Finland) are "unapologetic, thrillingly anti-assimilationist." Adam Block has called Jones "the lesbian Tom of Finland".
Jones' first gallery was Feature Inc. in New York, curated by Hudson, who was the first art dealer to showcase her Tom Girls series of drawings from 1991 to 1999. Exhibitions of her work have been held at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Mercer Union, Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto, La Centrale in Montreal, and other galleries.
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- The Troublemakers, directed by G. B. Jones (1990)
- The Yo-Yo Gang, directed by G. B. Jones (1992)
- The Lollipop Generation, directed by G. B. Jones (2008)
- Fifth Column at the Funnel, directed by John Porter (1982)
- Boy, Girl, directed by Bruce LaBruce (1987)
- Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's Home Movies, directed by Bruce LaBruce and Candy Parker (1988)
- Like This, music video for Fifth Column, directed by Bruce LaBruce and Fifth Column (1990)
- No Skin Off My Ass, directed by Bruce LaBruce (1991)
- Donna, music video for Fifth Column, directed by Friday Myers (1994)
- She's Real, directed by Lucy Thane (1997)
- "G. B. Jones: Living Life Like a Car Crash", Lexander Magazine (28 March 2013)
- Jennifer Camper, ed., Juicy Mother, Soft Skull Press, 2005, ISBN 1-932360-70-0
- Jennifer Camper and Manic D Press, eds., Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, 2007 ISBN 978-1-933149-20-2
- Firoza Elavia, ed., Cinematic folds: the furling and unfurling of images, Pleasure Dome, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9682115-4-0
- Marcus Ewert and Mitchell Watkins, eds., Ruh Roh, published by Feature Inc. and Instituting Contemporary Idea, NYC, 1992
- Robin Fisher, ed., 'What's Wrong? Explicit Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002, ISBN 1-55152-136-9
- Andrea Juno, ed., Dangerous Drawings, Juno Books, 1997, ISBN 0-9651042-8-1
- Selene Kapsaski (edited by Jeremy Richey), Welcome to Jonestown: Southern Ontario Gothic, Art Decades, 2015, ISBN 1511568984
- Robert Kirby and David Kelly, eds., Boy Trouble, Boy Trouble Books, 2004, ISBN 0-9748855-0-9
- Robert Kirby and David Kelly, eds., The Book of Boy Trouble 2: Born to Trouble, Green Candy Press, 2008 ISBN 978-1-931160-65-0
- Leila Pourtavaf, ed., Feminismes Electrique. La Centrale, 2012, ISBN 978-2-89091-321-9
- Spencer, Amy; DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi, Marion Boyars Publishers, London, England, 2005 ISBN 0-7145-3105-7
- Scott Treleaven, The Salivation Army Black Book , Printed Matter Inc./Art Metropole, 2006, ISBN 0-89439-021-X
- G. B. Jones, editor
- Double Bill, edited by Caroline Azar, Jena von Brücker, G. B. Jones, Johnny Noxzema, Rex, Issues 1–5, 1991 to 2001
- J.D.s, edited by Bruce LaBruce and G. B. Jones, Issues 1-7, 1985 to 1991
- Hide, edited by Caroline Azar, Candy Pauker, G. B. Jones, Issues 1-5, 1981 to 1985
- McDonnell, Evelyn. Girls + Guitars. Out Magazine. Vol. 8, No. 10. Published by Here Publishing. April 2000.
- Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
- Adrien Begrand (12 July 2002). "Indie Heaven, Circa 2002". Pop Matters. Archived from the original on 14 July 2002.
- Block, Adam (20 November 1990). "The Queen of 'Zine". The Advocate. p. 75.
- Dodie Bellamy (9 January 2019). "Dodie Bellamy on G.B. Jones's Nasty Female Role Models". Frieze. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- "Feature Inc. Previous Exhibitions 1991". Feature Inc. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- "Girrly Pictures". Mercer Union. 1994. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
- Sasha. "Ms Jones". Daily Xtra. Retrieved 28 November 2020.,
- "GB Jones". La Centrale. Retrieved 20 June 2018.,