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Lecture by Frederick Wright Jones | Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Frederick Wright Jones, Confusion of Terms, installation with performance, 16ft separating wall, 2018.

Frederick Wright Jones, Confusion of Terms, installation with performance, 16ft separating wall, 2018.

Lecture by Frederick Wright Jones | Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. CST for a Visiting Artist Lecture by Frederick Wright Jones!

To join their Visiting Artist Lecture via Zoom, please use this link: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/93534929032

Artist Statement from the featured speaker:

“Frederick Wright Jones is a multimedia artist and educator who spends time traveling between Allentown and Hamburg, Germany. Frederick’s family is a vital part of his existence, an anchor in a sea of contradictory beliefs. It has given him a global identity and cemented his belief in responsibility and community, both as a young father and husband. Growing up a light-skinned African-American and then living as a foreigner in Germany, motivates his work. The uniqueness of each place, the parallels and slight cultural shift between New and Old Worlds—Europe, with its varied levels of reconciliation with past atrocities, and America with its history split along color lines—leaves Frederick floating in the Atlantic. He has found a home in the identity of the eternal outsider, from there exploring how notions of power, guilt, duty, and entitlement define citizenship. Frederick is the son of an artist and an archeologist, who introduced him to objects, the museum, and the demarcations of art and history. The objects Frederick saw in the archeological museum were of wood, clay, and stone. The narrative of the museum, that of linear progress and locational hierarchies, he did not understand as a child. These objects, like Frederick, are out-of-place and he compares their function to those in the Western formalist art tradition. Aesthetically, he is inspired by the utilitarian and the folk: religious reliquaries, merchandise, illustration, and propaganda. Frederick plays with the role of the historical figure, the myth of nation, and the process of identification, seeking out intersections of fact and belief to dissect political and cultural placement. He weaves the canons of the institutions with folklore, politics, and pop culture. Though tactile, his multimedia objects and installations materialize things we cannot see and forces we cannot measure, visualizing his deepest fears, darkest thoughts, and biggest uncertainties. They are an effort to define and redefine his placement as an American, a global citizen, and a cultural cannibal. His work is a method of researching the contradictions of the human condition and his life narrative. Frederick Wright Jones is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Having studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania, he received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo.”

Pictured: Frederick Wright Jones, Confusion of Terms, installation with performance, 16ft separating wall, 2018.

Illinois State University Wonsook Kim School of Art is honored to annually host the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This event series is free and open to the public. The lecture series provides our students and community members opportunities to learn from talented artists from all around the globe. The Fall 2021 iteration of the Visiting Artist Series will occur entirely on Zoom. However, no recordings of any lectures will be made available. 

We hope that you will join us!

Details

Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time:
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Website:
https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/93534929032

Venue

Zoom