For immediate release
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present William E. Jones’s second solo exhibition, There should be a new word for happiness. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 2nd from 6 to 9pm, and the exhibition will be on view through July 1st. A new video work, All Male Mash Up, will be shown continuously in the exhibition, and special screenings of the videos v. o. andMansfield 1962 will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 9th and Friday, June 23rd at 7:30pm.
Jones’ new body of work was inspired by his parallel career as an archivist in the gay adult video industry. In the course of viewing hundreds of hours of porn, he has developed a fascination with its marginalia: establishing shots revealing urban landscapes of the recent past, charmingly inept dialogue scenes, and close-ups of performers, many now dead. This material, while of no particular commercial use, can be seen as an invaluable document of a lost world of eroticism and sociability. It may even ask an implicit question of present-day spectators: if this was happiness, what do we have now?
For his videos, in a variation on what DJs call a “mash-up,” Jones combines segments of sound with segments of picture, making decisions based upon the length of the segments rather than their content. All Male Mash Up, the primary video in the exhibition, draws from the non-sexual scenes of gay porn films produced before 1985, such as Tom De Simone’s Confessions of a Male Groupie, Fred Halsted’s L. A. Plays Itself, and Joe Gage’s Kansas City Trucking Co., El Paso Wrecking Corp., and L. A. Tool and Die. The somewhat arbitrary juxtaposition of diverse “found” materials often yields surprisingly appropriate results, suggesting a new narrative space, and paying tribute to a former era of gay life and cinephilia.
William E. Jones is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and photographer. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and at festivals including Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Biennial; Wexner Center for the Arts; The Getty Center; Sundance Film Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival; Filmforum; Artists Space; and LACE. Jones has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.
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