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Kim Jones (b. 1944, US)

A three-day walk from the Acropolis to SNFCC!

Monday June 19, 09:00,

Kim Jones (b. 1944, US)

Performance in various streets of Athens that will begin from the Acropolis on June 19 (at 9:00 am) and will end at SNFCC on June 21 (18:00 -19:00pm).

In 1974, performance artist Kim Jones walked from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, on the Pacific coast, wearing an armature of scrap wood, thereby linking one urban hub to another while stressing the fact that everywhere he was a personification of both independence and alienation. “I was an outsider, a spiky thing, walking through the main artery of the city…if something is spiky it doesn’t fit in,” Jones said.

Of a generation with Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley with whom he shares a penchant for extreme ordeals, represented by the cutting edge Belgian Gallery Zeno X, and collected by Jasper Johns whom he has known for decades, as well as by many museums, Jones is an astonishingly persistent artists' artist who has chosen to go his own way aesthetically as well as literally in his performances, as he will do in Athens.

Inspired, in part, by the shamanism of “primitive” cultures, Jones’s performance also recalls the paradoxical actions of Diogenes, who did things – no matter how absurd - in order to understand them, a methodology summarized by the Latin dictum “solvitur ambulando” or “by walking it is solved.” Accordingly, over three days this summer Jones will reenact and reimagine his 1974 piece by walking from the ancient Acropolis in Athens to the SNFCC.

Kim Jones was born in 1944 in San Bernardino, US, and lives and works in New York, US.
He is internationally known for a consistent oeuvre of idiosyncratic drawings, sculptures, installations, writings and performances, marked by his performative alter ego Mudman —a shaman-like itinerant caked in mud and other organic substances who appeared on city streets, subways, galleries, and museums in the 1970s in California wearing a cumbersome lattice structure of sticks on his back. Born out of the 1970s performance art movement in California, his work is also informed by two major experiences of his youth, his participation in the Vietnam War and an illness that kept him in a wheelchair between the age of seven and ten. In the 1980s Jones moved to New York, where his work has continued to address the themes of war, healing, and destruction.
Kim Jones's work has been featured in significant group exhibitions, including the 17th Sydney Biennale (2010), The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2009), the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), Disparities & Deformations: Our Grotesque (Site Santa Fe, 2004), Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1998) and Mapping (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1994).
In 2006 the exhibition Kim Jones: A Retrospective chronicled over thirty years of the artist's performances, drawings and sculpture (UB Art Gallery, The State University of New York, Buffalo, and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles).
Works by the artist are in major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los