November 22, 2014 — January 3, 2015
Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids
Phillip March Jones
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Phillip March Jones: Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids. The installation will be comprised of a grouping of Polaroid photographs taken between 2006 and 2010 by the artist while traversing the roadways of America.
Each of the untitled Polaroids documents the anonymous memorials constructed by friends and family members to solemnize a loved one’s point of departure. As stated by Jones, “Polaroid was a natural choice. Early in its development, Polaroid film was widely used by police officers and other law enforcement, because it produced an unalterable instant photo - irrefutable evidence of a particular event. These photographs are evidence of something greater - an unspoken need to commemorate and celebrate our own fleeting lives and stories.”
A hardcover collection of 139 color reproductions of the works was published in 2012 by the Jargon Society (Jargon 114), the final publication for the press originally founded at Black Mountain College in 1951. The book additionally includes a foreword by the poet and scholar, Thomas Meyer. The photographs were also the subject of a museum exhibition organized by Louisville’s 21C Museum Hotel.
Phillip March Jones (b. 1981, Shreveport, LA) is an American artist, writer, and curator. He is director of Christian Berst Art Brut, a gallery on New York’s Lower East Side and founder of Institute 193, a non-profit contemporary art space in Lexington, Kentucky. He splits his time between the two cities.