West London Projects

Previously Exhibited

Joan Jonas

westlondonprojects is pleased to announce an exhibition by Joan Jonas, a highly regarded representative of the influential group of artists from 1960’s and 1970’s New York City. Acknowledged as a pioneer of performance, video and installation, Jonas combines rigorous formal structure with refined personal cosmology. Influenced variously by Noh theatre, modern poetry, and filmic montage, Jonas’s polymorphic works are generously expressed in poetic fragmentary offerings.

For the exhibition, several pieces from the 1970’s and 1990’s have been chosen to emphasise Jonas’s exceptional activation of space through performance; including drawings and video based works.

westlondonprojects is simultaneously hosting the launch of Susan Morgan’s, Joan Jonas, I Want to live in the Country (And Other Romances.) by Afterall Books. The video from 1976 which the book is based on will be part of the exhibition.

As part of this event Joan Jonas will be in conversation with Bettina Funcke from Dia Art Foundation in New York, for which the artist recently produced a major performance.

In addition to the work featured in Morgan’s book, I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances), 1976, the exhibition features two other video based works. My New Theatre II, 1998 presents a single channel video work shown in an artist designed black wooden viewing box. Visiting themes of repetition and mirroring, the work incorporates chalk drawings made on slate and canvas, which are produced within the video. Moving with no Pattern, 1999, is a two-channel video projected on the adjacent walls of a corner. A group of performers ritualistically move and compose temporary sculpture by placing chairs, tables, a rocking horse, sled and other objects in relation to each other. The composition of the space becomes dissolute, confounded by the roving, spinning views of the cameras. Highly formal folding and repeating processes overlay the pleasures of the rhythms implicit in human activity.


Born 1936 in New York
Lives and works in New York


MA Fine Art, Columbia University, New York


School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts


BA Art History and Sculpture, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Yvon Lambert New York, New York
Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain
Wilkinson Gallery, London


Galleria Civica, Trento
Rosamund Felsen Galley, Santa Monica, California
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Scenes from the Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, 2004/2006, I. Yvon Lambert, Paris
Reflexion – A Variation on Mirror Pieces 1 and 2, 1968–2004, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria
Joan Jonas Two works. Castello di Rivoli, Italy


Joan Jonas: The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York
Joan Jonas: Small Works 1968-2005, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Joan Jonas: Moving in Place 1976–2000, Yvon Lambert, New York
Joan Jonas: My New Theater V, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Marking Time, Los Angles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California


Lines in the Sand, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Mirror Works 1969–2004, Wilkinson Gallery, London, England
Joan Jonas, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England
Lines in the Sand, performance, Tate Modern , London, England
Lines in the Sand; The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Five Works, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York


Video Retrospective. Museum Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Lines in the Sand, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Joan Jonas, Center for the Arts, Mexico City, Mexico


Selected works from the exhibition

Zena as Fossil Mask #16
Oil, Stick and Charcoal on Paper
Courtesy westlondonprojects
Photograph by Daisy Hutchison
© Joan Jonas, 1995
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 Zena as Fossil Mask #16