CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: William Jones work draws from a myriad of sources such as 1970’s pornography, legal data, pop music, and his personal memories. His deeply researched films, videos, installations, and writings have covered a wide range of topics including gay subcultures, the production and counterfeiting of currency, and the materiality of film and photography. William (Bill) has shown films and made installations at dozens of festivals and museums, and he is also a prolific writer. A book length interview between Bill and Thom Andersen was published by A.R.T. Press last year.
THE FALL OF COMMUNISM AS SEEN IN GAY PORNOGRAPHY (video, color, 19 min, 1998)
KILLED (Sequence of digital files, black and white, silent, 1 minute and 44 seconds looped, 2009)
And other works…
William E. Jones, born in Ohio in 1962, is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1985, he went on to complete his MFA in 1990 at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. His subtle and often deeply researched films, videos, installations, and writings have covered a wide range of topics including gay subcultures, the production and counterfeiting of currency, and the materiality of film and photography as mediums. These projects have been the focus of solo exhibitions at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; White Cube, London; and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. His films have received retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005), Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010), and the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna (2011). Important group exhibitions include the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials, the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, and the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011. In addition, Jones has also published numerous artists’ books, including Tearoom (2008), Heliogabalus (2009), Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), and Halsted Plays Himself (2011).