At first glance, the work of Samuel Levi Jones appears to be steeped in the tradition of constructivist or at least orthogonal abstract painting. A variety of coloured rectangular surfaces join and overlap to form a dynamic ensemble. And yet, these are not paintings, but groupings and collages of fragments of fabric that the artist has chosen and stitched together. These fragments come from a deconstruction, a pillage. Jones meticulously skins the bindings of outdated books which are supposed to assert their authority in their field: medicine, history, law. He also makes use of materials from other domains, such as American sport.
For his first exhibition in Paris, entitled Let us Grow, the artist has produced a set of new works. In addition to using obsolete institutional publications (encyclopedias, law books, manuals of medicine, etc.), Jones has worked with vintage portfolios, boxes and bindings for French art prints, thus addressing a new European material relating to art history.
Jones was born in 1978 in Marion, Indiana. He lives and works currently in Indianapolis, USA and has exhibited widely in acclaimed American museums such as the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His exhibition Left of Center is on view now at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields from March 15 to September 1, 2019.
Galerie Lelong is located in Paris and New York. It was founded by Jacques Dupin, Daniel Lelong and Jean Frémon.
The Paris gallery has been exhibiting recent works from artists of international standing
since 1981. The 1980s were notable for artists who went on to become household names, including Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon...
In the 1990s, the gallery hosted artists who represented major movements in contemporary art: Sean Scully, Günther Förg, Andy Goldsworthy, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Antonio Saura. The gallery also increased international recognition of the work of Ana Mendieta. Since the turn of the century, Galerie Lelong has accentuated the geographical and expressive diversity of its artists. Galerie Lelong has a large publishing department which produces and distributes engravings, lithographs, digital prints and multiple objects, and collates these works in catalogues raisonnés. It produces monumental sculptures to order for public spaces and private clients.
The gallery is present at the leading international contemporary art fairs (Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Fiac, Frieze London, Frieze New York, Arco Madrid, Art Brussels...).
Etel Adnan / Pierre Alechinsky / James Brown / Eduardo Chillida / John Coplans / Nicola De Maria / Marc Desgrandchamps / Leonardo Drew / Jean Dubuffet / Luciano Fabro /Barry Flanagan / Günther Förg / Andy Goldsworthy / Jane Hammond / David Hockney / Rebecca Horn / Jean-Baptiste Huynh / Samuel Levi Jones / Phillip King / Konrad Klapheck / Jiri Kolàr / Jannis Kounellis / Nalini Malani / Ana Mendieta / Henri Michaux / Joan Miró David Nash / Ernest Pignon-Ernest / Jaume Plensa / Arnulf Rainer / Ursula von Rydingsvard / Sean Scully / Kate Shepherd / Kiki Smith / Nancy Spero /Antoni Tàpies / Barthélémy Toguo / Juan Uslé / Fabienne Verdier / Jan Voss