This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Gregory Eddi Jones.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I generally manipulate appropriated images to critique the politics of original image sources. With my newest work, I’m making Dadaist digital collages that signify their own futility as reflections of political spectacle.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
I tend to shun that sort of mysticism, and I think if you think about the inverse of that question, what defines an irresponsible artistic act, there’s little that could be mentioned aside from maybe the guy who shot a dog in the 70s. So I guess my conclusion is that the artist’s responsibility is to not shoot dogs.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
Gregory Eddi Jones, Untitled Screen Cap #12 (the fourth wall), 2017
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
This probably doesn’t count, but one time I wrote out a list of instructions, kind of like a Sol Lewitt thing, that people have to follow by using a camera in various utilitarian kinds of ways. One is that the reader must wait until nighttime, go outside, and throw their car keys as far as they can into the dark. Then they have to take photographs with a camera flash to find them and print the resulting photos. It’s a pretty stupid thing, and I will never do it. (But if you want to do it, you have the instructions, and I would be happy to review your results.)
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
Well, I publish artists so I don’t know if I want to point to individuals. All the artists published on In the In-Between: Journal of Digital Imaging Artists are worth knowing in my mind.
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(Image at top: Flowers for donald #16 (press room [with sponsored content]), 2017, Digital Collage)