Jeremiah Jones is an artist who creates objects and videos that explore the complex histories, landscapes and relationships that form our world. His process includes found image research, field production, and material projects in the studio to create complex works that bring to bear contemporary systems and mythologies. His work often incorporates the formal elements of projected light and sound. He holds a B.A. from the Evergreen State College, and an M.F.A. from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Tacoma Art Museum, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as numerous independent art spaces and private collections in LA, New York, Chicago, and internationally.
As an artist Jeremiah Jones positions himself in various roles throughout the many worlds he has access to. Compelled by the conclusion that meaning, sincerity, and human connection will be the lasting hallmark of the art being made today, his work risks offending the people who would promise success in exchange for silence. His work is best known for telling stories in ways which complicate any easy read of the images he presents. Jeremiah's artistic practice incorporates various tactics and mediums, from documentary, sculpture, an engagement with painting surfaces, video, and multimedia installations. His work comes from the aesthetic lineage of Len Lye, Chris Marker, Alan Kaprow, and Ed Ruscha, continuously exploring what can be done with the materials, images, movements, and sounds of our evolving social landscape. Jeremiah's life and work has given him close access to stories and problems many people face today, his work acknowledges and explores the complexity of situations, myths, histories and aesthetics of the United States.
Jeremiah Jones was born in 1980 to a family of Catholic Workers who lived in voluntary homelessness throughout his early years, an experience which has given him the insight and ability to switch codes and draw out understandings of complex hidden worlds. After seeing the failures of the school system in his community he dropped out of high school, and began traveling across the United States, finding temporary residence in several cities across America. He first arrived in New York in 2000 sleeping on the street outside St Marks Church on the lower east side, Starbucks coffee shops, and the beds of people who found him charming. Eventually he enrolled in Community College, got a GED, and finished his undergraduate degree at The Evergreen State College in Washington which lead him back to New York where he started sharing his art work at shows in Brooklyn, and began teaching and working with institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, The New Museum and others. This began an love/hate off-again/on-again affair with the city he lives and works in today.
Jeremiah's work has required him to place himself at risk to affect social change through art and activism. As an outspoken activist he and his collaborators were the target of a series of FBI/police raids, which repeatedly brought him into custody facing trumped up conspiracies and protest related charges. While each of those charges were slowly beat, one at at time, Jeremiah was in jail becoming intimately acquainted with the prison industrial complex, witness to systems of privileges and oppressions, and many types of communities alienated from what makes them human.
The perspective he holds after growing from childhood homelessness, the incarceration, to working with museums and artists has placed his voice uniquely positioned to express a deep understanding of what it means to be innocent and free in a world in which we are collectively anything but.
In his experimental documentary works Jeremiah engages with historic images, collected stories and appropriated media to create moving images presented as gallery loops, and in screenings. His work is often described in relation to its seductive and beautiful consideration of what we know, love, and fear about the world we share. His work has been exhibited internationally, and after finishing studies in the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has had several high profile commissions from clients such as The Intercontinental Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, and the prominent Chicago restaurant group 16 on Center (Dusek's Board & Beer, Longman & Eagle, Punch House, The Promontory) as well as numerous private collectors and residences.