BOB JONES

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A Prospector’s Elixir.

Melted snow, hands bathed.

Spit on a white flint rock.

Dust, debris, sticks and straw.

Tea from the soot of a wood fire.

Shaman’s dance and happenstance.

A dirt clod from the Illinois.

Fill the void and drape in black.

At the base of a 100-year oak.

Hunter-gatherer.

Poem by Bob Jones

This exhibition and the dirt cutouts left behind, by Brooklyn-based artist Bob Jones at 65GRAND features new sculptures and three-dimensional collages that explore our daily impact on architecture, landscape, and the urban environment.

Jones moved to New York City from Milwaukee in the fall of 2015 and began documenting the various ways that people adapted what are known in the city as “tree pits.” These imposed geometric cutouts are intended to carve out a space for trees to exist amidst the concrete sidewalk, but often take on a secondary function. Some of these pits are gated in an attempt to protect or reserve, others function like brownfields in miniature, and some are filled with garbage and cast-off objects that form accidental compositions—creating makeshift viewing spaces for informal installations. The intentional and haphazard arrangement of objects within these spaces mimic the way that sacred materials exist on altars or the way that art activates a gallery or museum.

Throughout the exhibition, Jones continues his exploration of quotidian and abject materials—concrete, tar, cork, shells, bamboo, aluminum foil, bricks, pipe cleaners, a rug. Jones draws relationships between these discarded objects often found littering the streets of New York, and several of the works are presented on hay bales, the dimensions of which reference the size of the sidewalk cutouts.

Vessel resembles a core sample taken from below the city sidewalk, while (offering) alludes to the accidental construction of discarded and misplaced objects into sites of contemplative reverence or the informal memorials that arise after acts of violence.

In competition is both the organic and the inorganic; the rigid and the temporal—concrete and Hydrocal, by sheer force hold disparate materials together. A Momentary View, Medallion, Tableau rest on the wall and function like material film stills capturing the interior chaos and motion of Jones’ studio and locate the artist himself in relation to the urban environment outside the studio walls. They are at once portraits and icons.

Jones’ tracking of urban material history is open-ended, but each of the works can be read as talismen, devotional objects, totems, sites of ritual space alluding simultaneously to both the darkness of human existence and a hopeful syncretic, folk spirituality that occurs when the traces of our daily lives are joined in quiet relation.

Bob Jones lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Illinois State University in 2002. Selected solo and two-person exhibition include dust and hay. sacred clay, Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN; Gathered & Buried, Kiehle Gallery, St. Cloud MN; Stone White Vinegar, Tree House Gallery, Arlington Heights, IL. Group Exhibitions include Pacts and Invocation Magic and Ritual in Contemporary Art, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC; Selections from the Permanent Collection, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Free Ice, Bermuda Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.

Essay by Sarah Workneh

 

 

EDUCATION

1999-2002 Bachelors of Fine Arts, Painting, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

1993-1997 Associates in Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

65GRAND, Chicago IL

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018 and the dirt cutouts left behind, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2015 Dust and Hay. Sacred Clay, Marsh Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 

2013 Form as Ruin, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL 

2012 Gathered & Buried, Kiehle Gallery, St. Cloud, MN

2012 Stone White Vinegar, Tree House Gallery, Arlington Heights, IL 

2011 Mountains and Matter, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2010 Reduced and Reclaimed-Gina Alvarez and Bob Jones, Dog & Pony Projects, Buffalo, NY

2010 The Witching Hour, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2009 An Object in the Woods, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2007 Decoy, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2006 New Work, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2002 Paintings, Recent Works by Bob Jones, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2001 Chad Collofello and Bob Jones, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Selections from the Permanent Collection, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2015 Free Ice, Bermuda Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2015 Disguise After Dark, Present Works, Milwaukee, WI

2015 Ultra-Deep Field, Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, IL

2013 I’m Jealous of Your Failures, Springfield, IL

2013 Häxan Daze, Normandale Community College Fine Art Gallery, Bloomington, MN 

2013 Thru-Lines, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL 

2013 ACRE Salon, ACRE Residency, Stuben, WI 

2013 The House of Seven Gables, University Galleries, Normal, IL 

2012 Tall Tales, Cash For Gold, Aurora, IL 

2012 You Were Here, Curating Contemporary, www.curatingcontemporary.com 

2011 MDW FAIR, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2011 Across the Wounded Galaxies, Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2011 Heads on Poles, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

2010 The Coil Contract Project, Horse Trader Curatorial Projects, Aqua Art, Miami, FL

2010 IAAFBJHMJNMOMRSATSW (Nine Artist From Chicago), Fountain Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Alumni Show, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2010 The First Five Years, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL

2009 Greynbow, Horse Trader Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Artists Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.

2009 NEXT, The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL.

2008 One Moment, Indiana University, SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN

2008 Unpainted- New Abstraction, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007 Without Like or As, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2007 AFFAIR at the Jupiter Hotel, 65GRAND, Portland, OR

2007 Shared History, The Surplus Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale, IL

2006 COMA # 4, California Occidental Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

2006 Ft. Morgan-One and Only, Chicago, IL

2006 Think Small, Sponsored by The Illinois State Art Council, Lockport, IL

2005 The Sophisticated Traveler, Art Chicago 2005, Chicago, IL

2005 Think Small, Sponsored by The Illinois State Art Council, Springfield, IL

2004 The Sophisticated Traveler, Stray Show 2004, Chicago, IL

2004 Think Small, Sponsored by The Illinois State Art Council, Chicago, IL

2003 Fast Track 2003, 1/Quarterly, Chicago, IL

2002 Autumn Solon, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 A Group Show: Shawn Smith, Matt Pulford, Bob Jones, and Chris Shepherd, Midway Artist Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2002 Minutia, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2002 Ambiguous Citation, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2001 New Angeles, Diannepruess Presents Bob Jones, University Galleries, Normal, IL

2001 American Myth, The Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2000 In Print Exhibition, The Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, IL

CURATORIAL

2005 Between the Forest and The Cavern, Co-curated By Bob Jones and Ed Schad, The Guest Room Project, Chicago, IL

VISITING ARTIST

2013 Drake University, Des Moines, IA 

2012 St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

2011 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

2010 Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2009 The School of The Art Institute, Chicago, IL

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

Paitz, Kendra. The House of Seven Gables, An Exhibition Catalog , University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2014

Judd, Jason. More Distant Objects, Ultra-Deep Field Exhibition Catalog, Rockford College Art Gallery, 2014 

Schriefer, Trew. I’m Jealous of Your Failure Exhibition Catalog, University of Illinois Springfield, 2014 

Paitz, Kendra. Kendra Paitz on Haxan Daze: But isn’t superstition still rampant among us?, September 2013 

Stabler, Bert. New City, Review: Bob Jones 65GRAND , December 6, 2011

Burke, Stephanie. Bad At Sports, Top 5 Weekend Picks (12/2-12/4), December, 2011

Linneweh, David. Studio Break: Conversations with Artist, Bob Jones Interview, December 1, 2011

Ritchie, Abraham. “MDW Fair Preview.”  Chicago Art Blog, Apr. 2011

Ritchie, Abraham. “MDW 2011.” Artslant Chicago  25, Apr. 2011

A Lecture on "The Witching Hour." Illinois State University, University Galleries, Normal, IL Feb. 2010

A Lecture on "An Object in the Woods." The School of The Art Institute, Chicago, IL Nov. 2009

Seidell, Maria. A Walk in the Woods.” ARTslant Chicago 30, Nov. 2009

Hildwine, Jeriah. “Ghillie Suits.” Bad at Sports  24, Dec. 2009

Hagan, Katherine.  “SoFA Gallery highlights 'One Moment'.“  Indiana Daily Student 1, Oct. 2008: A11.

Rhea, Tom.  “SoFA Gallery ‘One Moment’."  INto ART Fall 2008: 23-25. 

Curcio, Seth.  “Alternaspace: New Modes in Presenting Art.”  Beautiful Decay Magazine Dec. 2007. 

Chicago Artist' Coalition News Letter Dec. 2007. 

Foumberg, Jason. “Eye Exam: End Times.”  New City Chicago  30, Oct. 2007. 

Red China Magazine  Issue #2, Volume #2, 2007. 

Wenzel, Eirk.  “Mr. Jones, Bob Jones Creates Challenging, Thought-Provoking Pieces.”  UR Chicago, Art Explosion  April 12-May 9, 2007. 

“Berin Golonu & Erik Wenzel.”  Bad at Sports Podcast 11, Mar. 2007:  Episode 80. 

Wenzel, Erik.  “Bob Jones and the Push Toward a Raw Refinement.”  Art or Idiocy 22, Jan. 2007. 

Herman, Jessica.   “Art Or Idiocy? Erik Wenzel helps to fill the art criticism gap in Chicago and beyond."  Center Stage Chicago 23, Jan. 2007. 

Mast, Audrey.  “Bob Jones Multimedia.”   New City Chicago 12, Oct. 2006. 

“5 Shows to See Now.”  New City Chicago 12, Oct. 2006. 

“Bob Jones New Work, and Ian Pedigo.”  Flavorpill Chicago 19th-25th, Sept.  2006: Issue 105: Safari Flavor. 

“5 Shows to See Now.”  New City Chicago 28, Sept. 2006. 

Sill, Robert.  Think Small!, Exhibition Catalog 2005.

“Thinking Small Nets Big Result for Gallery.”  Morris Daily Herald 19, Aug. 2005. 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2012 Alumni Honoree, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2002 Bachelors Degree Granted Summa Cum Laude, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2002 College Honors in Painting, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2001 Recipient of The David Tell Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2000 Recipient of The Telefund Scholarship Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

1997 Art and Lisa Lennon Memorial Award, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL