Alex Jones | Interview
SUPER ARTY ALEX
Alex Jones is an artist based in Brighton, East Sussex, who is primarily concerned with material language, exploring the relationship between the language of materials and language as material. Alex is one of our newest family members, his style ticks all of our boxes - we're so happy to have him! Read on to learn more about Alex, and even better, hit us up if you would love to funk up your plain boring walls with a piece from this talented, thoughtful artist.
- When did you fall in love with art, and realise that you wanted to be an artist?
- I have always been interested in art and creative endeavours; throughout my education my decisions were never career driven but always what placed me in a situation that allowed and supported my ability to make things. I enjoy being able to realise something and place it in a space - what I really enjoy is seeing how things function in the world.
- How has your practice changed over time?
- I studied sculpture at university and after graduating I made more object based work. It was a move to Newcastle and resulting lack of practical working space that shifted my practice. I looked for a new way to explore material properties and looked for different materials I could easily work with in my new space; this constraint drew me to work with language as a material. This development allowed a more free approach to working and embedded my systematic approach to using wordsand their resulting structures.
- Describe a real life situation that has inspired you?
- I try to distance my work from anchor points within life. My use of language is to try and reduce it’s referential meaning and use, for it to become a raw material. However, I find it interesting that we are programmed to read and understand language that forms an image based on what we read.
- Do you paint when you’re sad or stressed?
- I don’t really get sad or stressed.
- Any new projects you can talk about?
- I am exhibiting at Galerie Tracanelli in Grenoble as part of a three person show with Naomi Nakazato and Callum Murphy. In terms of new work, I am exploring multiples of the blue frames within a single work, rather than just one frame within the piece. I am also looking at getting some frame pieces made out of steel.
- What else do you love as much as painting?
- Music and skateboarding.
- What did you create in lockdown? How did this weird moment in our lives affect your creativity?
- I made a lot of small works on paper, pretty much all of them were blue frame pieces. It allowed me to really explore the balance and weight of the frame within the work, looking at very busy dense works and very light open pieces. I started to realise the huge possibility of this simple formal structure, it’s this period of exploration that is now informing the new multiplied larger works.
- Have you collaborated with any other artists? Do you have any artists you would like to collaborate with?
- I haven’t ever collaborated with anyone when making new work and I’m not sure if I would want to as I’m quite particular about what I make and how I make it. Saying that, I would love to sit down with Lawrence Weiner and just chat about language.
- If you could communicate one thing to an upcoming artist about being represented what would it be?
- Work hard, nothing will happen unless you make it happen.
- Name three artists you would like to be compared to...
- I’m not one for comparisons but three of my favourites are Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner and Liam Gillick.
- What’s your favourite colour?