Video of the Week – Bondi’s Biennale Artist
Looking at big issues in an understated way – this is how one might describe Jonathan Jones’ work and life philosophy.
Based in Bondi, the contemporary Aboriginal artist works in varied media, including printmaking, drawing, installation, and film; but he is perhaps best known for his site-specific installation pieces.
Jones’ art renders the visual languages of his Indigenous people utilizing ultra modern materials – animal patterns, weapons, and woodcarvings reinterpreted in fluorescent light forms.
For the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), Jones explores Sydney Harbor’s largest landmass, Cockatoo Island, as a collision point of colonial and indigenous cultures.
The area’s layers of indigenous, imperial, and industrial history make it a unique stage for contemporary art and a compelling site for the Biennale of Sydney.