Utopian Projection An exhibition of work by Barry R. Jones Philip J. Steele Gallery September 11-30, 2014 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11 from 5-8 PM Artist Talk: Thursday, September 11 at 7 PM in the Mary Harris Auditorium
Artist Statement My work asks the oldest of questions: what does it mean to live a good life? What is our responsibility to each other, to our families, to those with disabilities, to the past? In the face of tragedy how do we reaffirm that life is good? What is my social responsibility as an artist and father? These are the themes of my work. Most recently, I have been exploring these themes with the use of appropriated texts. Specifically, I remix well known political speeches/manifestos/statements and the wonderful work of the poet Adrienne Rich.
Artist Bio Barry Jones is a digital video and sound artist with far ranging interests in music, the history of film, new technologies, and social activism. He earned his BFA in photography at Austin Peay State University, and his MFA in 3D studies at the University of South Carolina. He is nationally and internationally known for his video installations, and has exhibited works at SPACElab in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, and in Istanbul, Sao Paulo, and Madrid.
On a more local level, Jones was recently featured at the Brooks Museum in Memphis and has two digital works in the permanent art base collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s new media branch, Rhizome.
Mr. Jones is a professor at Austin Peay State University. He lives in Clarksville with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children: Marlena, Aidan, Hope, and Elliott.