Since 2008, Gabriel Jones has played with the codes of voyeurism in his photographs – never interacting directly with his subjects, who are always unaware they’re being observed. The images in his series Splashes are characteristic of this approach: here, the focus is always on the “backdrop”. Over the course of several evenings, the photographer invited friends to pretend to pose for him – which allowed him to “steal” the situations taking place behind them. The photographs, taken with early cellphone cameras, have, for the most part, been reframed, so as to show only the situations and compositions that originally interested the artist. This tight cropping resulted in highly pixelated images, which the artist sometimes retouched to further accentuate the strangeness of the scenes he “collects.”
Artist Gabriel Jones photographed ARCADE FIRE’S 8 album covers “The Suburbs” in collaboration with ARCADE FIRE (GRAMMY AWARD for Best Record Packaging, 2012; “Album of the Year” 2011).
Gabriel Jones’ photography, video and drawings evolve around such themes as pseudonyms, “apatriotism”, geography, science, paleontology and time.
In 2010 and 2014, Gabriel also curated an exhibition called The Pseudonym Project New York / Paris. He invited a series of established and emerging artists, such as Robert Barry, Liam Gillick, Fouad Bouchoucha and Melanie Bonajo & Joseph Marzolla and Jonathan Monk to create new pieces under pseudonyms. The real names where disclosed at the end of the exhibition.
His photographs where exhibited in venues such as the Photo España Festival; Paris Photo; Galerie Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse; as well as galle- ries Michèle Didier, Paris; Priska Juschka Fine Art, New York and Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf. Gabriel lives and works in Paris & New York. He is represented by Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf (Germany).
Splashes – Gabriel Jones