Paul R Jones: Boundary Interactions
March 7 – March 17, 2012
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Paul R Jones’ work is based on interactions. He explores this through performance, video and photography. Jones is interested in the concept of the artist as researcher, someone who utilizes fieldwork techniques familiar to visual anthropology, sociology and geographical studies. This approach developed from research exploring geographical and social issues specific to border regions. Jones is fascinated with how interactions can become a form of place-making.
Boundary Interactions consists of two short films, Balancing Act and Roll, in which the artist performs specific actions at the frontier between England and Wales. Although the acts contain a sense of slapstick, making reference to artists such as Buster Keaton and Bas Jan Ader, each are referential of issues inherent in border politics – the in-between point of becoming a citizen or a foreigner. It is also reflective of the desperate measures one will attempt to illegally cross a border.
After receiving his MA in Fine Art Paul R Jones withdrew to the border regions to explore the relationship between failure and struggle. Paul has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Recently he received an award for experimental performance at the MADATAC 03, Madrid.