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Kim Jones
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Averno
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12 October - 11 November\, 2012
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Opening Reception Fri. 12 October\, 7-9pm
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Pierogi is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Kim J ones. Jones' work incorporates performance\, sculpture\, drawing\, photogra phy\, and painting. He became known early on for his performance persona\, ‘Mudman\,’ and could be seen walking the streets of Los Angeles and Venice\ , CA during the 1970s\, and then New York City and New York's subway system during the 1980s\, always covered in mud\, a nylon stocking stretched over his face\, and wearing on his back a crudely constructed lattice-work stru cture of sticks\, tape\, and twine. Throughout this time he was also develo ping drawings and paintings on paper. His works on paper range from intrica te graphite drawings involving ‘X’ and ‘O’ figures and erasure indicating m ovement of each force (referred to as ‘war drawings’)\, to works that incor porate photography\, acrylic paint\, ink line work\, and collage\, many of which have been made over a period of thirty years. Over the years Jones ha s developed a language of materials and marks: sticks\, mud\, twine\, rats\ , and ‘X’ and ‘O’ symbols. ‘Mudman\,’ and figures that resemble the perform ance persona\, along with a cast of characters\, inhabit his elegant and si multaneously grotesque drawings and paintings. 
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Th is exhibition will include recent drawings on paper and paintings on photog raphs of Jones’ own performances. The title\, Averno\, references th e crater lake in Southern Italy considered by Ancient Romans to be the entr ance point to the underworld\, or hell. 
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“These hybrid drawings of human\, nonhuman\, and prosthetic imagery a re about mobility and disability\, and about boyhood fantasies merging with the actual experience of a veteran who has been in the hell of war. They a re also about the pleasures of art. Oddly enough\, it was Giambattista Tiep olo’s fluid works on paper\, with their sprezzatura and dark narrati ve\, that inspired him: the Averno drawings are also about the art o f not seeming artful..”  (Kim Levin\, 2012)
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“In th em\, a conflicted population of mudmen and painted ladies\, combat ghosts a nd dandies\, tough guys and cigar-smoking native Americans\, Janus heads\, sleepers\, cross-dressers\, rats and frogs are intertwined with images of e ntrails\, veins\, and tendrils in an ambiguous process of libidinal transfo rmation. These harsh and delicate drawings are gorgeous and repellant\, lud icrous and vulnerable. Spitting\, drooling\, and doing bizarre things to ea ch other\, these figures exist in a variety of highly un-cool crosshatched styles of drawing – so obsolete they are daring. They’re Felliniesque\, sat iric\, sardonic – like a punk take on old master classics.”  (Levin)
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Kim Jones is a 2009 United States Artists Fellow. His wo rk was recently included in Pacific Standard Time: Under the Big Black S un\, 1974-81 (the Geffen Contemporary at MoCA\, LA)\; Compass In Han d: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings C ollection (the Museum of Modern Art\, NYC)\, and the 17th Sydney Bienni al\, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival In A Precarious Age. He has received fellowships and residencies from ArtPace (San Antonio\, TX) \, the Sirius Art Center (Ireland)\, the American Academy in Rome and\, the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh\, PA). His work has been included in other no table exhibitions such as Collage: The Unmonumental Picture at the New M useum (NYC\, 2008)\; the 52nd International Art Exhibition La Bienna le di Venezia (2007)\; Disparities &\; Deformations: Our Grotesqu e\, Site Santa Fe (2004)\, and\; Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object at the Museum of Contemporary Art\, Los Angeles\, CA an d MAK\, Vienna (1998). His work was recently the subject of a comprehensive traveling retrospective\, Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones.
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