DescriptionThe photographs of Sarah Jones address established pictorial genres and our associated expectations by paring back space, subject and gesture. This book--the first major monograph on this young British artist--brings together work from an 18-year period, including many photographs never previously published, and looks at the themes and concerns that have remained constants in her work. The sequence of images chosen and arranged by the artist specifically for this publication is informed by Jones' interest in how we see and represent her chosen subjects, using tropes from the stereograph, the double, the still life and portraiture. Jones first gained notice in the late 1990s for her photographs taken in psychoanalysts' consulting rooms. These provocative sites have been explored through her practice over the years, in particular the couches that, in Jones's images, show visible signs of the imprint of the patients who had reclined upon them during consultation. Her well-known later studies of adolescent girls uncomfortably caught in the flash of the camera in domestic settings draw attention to the staged relationship between model, photographer and location. Recent diptychs of horses and rose bushes refer to the viewing of early stereographic prints and explore the potential for photography to reveal uncanny perspectives on a subject. In The Rose Gardens series, Jones photographs the front and back of rose bushes in public gardens so that viewers can contemplate both viewpoints simultaneously. Jones' overarching imperative is to look at subjects stripped back to an emotional truth. The imprints on the couches, the view of the roses that are beginning to wilt and the glazed look in the eyes of her models all investigate ideas of beauty and ritualized everyday gesture.
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About the Author
A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress's Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know. She lives in New York City.
Sarah Jones is a Tony- and Obie Award-winning playwright, actor, and poet. Her multicharacter solo shows, including the Tony Award-winning Bridge and Tunnel, which was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar winner Meryl Streep before its Broadway run, have garnered critical acclaim from around the country and the world. She has had sold-out runs at the Kennedy Center and Berkeley Repertory Theatre and performed for such audiences as the United Nations, members of the U.S. Congress, and the Supreme Court of Nepal. Her other theater honors include a Helen Hayes Award, a Theatre World Special Award, and HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival's Best One Person Show Award. Her television and film credits include Spike Lee's Bamboozled and the documentary Good Hair. As a narrator, she was among the cast for American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman, which was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 in two categories, Fiction and Audiobook of the Year Award. A regular guest on public radio, she has also made TV appearances on HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and CNN and in her own special, The Sarah Jones Show, on Bravo. She lives in New York.