Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography ’09) is a rising star in contemporary art, having captured nationwide attention from galleries, museums, and art critics.
By deconstructing historical texts, the Chicago-based artist reimagines new works as patchworked paintings and installations to challenge people’s perceptions of authority, exclusion, and equality.
In 2014, Jones won the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an annual award honoring emerging or mid-career African-American artists. More recently, Jones showed his first solo exhibition with Galerie Lelong in New York City, and worked on a project with Paulson Fontaine Press Residency in Berkeley, California. His pieces can be found in permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Below Jones shares insights into his ideas and artistic practice as well as his vision for “Remedial Suffering,” a solo exhibition on view at Herron Galleries through September 2.