Artist Joan Jonas Jigsaw Puzzle
b. 1936 lives and works in New York City
Title: Melancholia (2004)
Jigsaw Puzzle Size: 12" x 16.5" (310mm×418mm) 285 jigsaw puzzle pieces, traditional paper puzzle, ESKA premium board, gloss finish.
Collector Edition of 20 + 2AP
Original Artwork: Melancholia (Part of the shape the scent the feel of things) 2004–2005, Medium: single-channel color video, 5 min 11 sec.
The Shape, The Scent, The Feel: Melancholia. With an original piano score composed and performed by Jason Moran for the Dia: Beacon performance.
This video was part of The Shape the Scent the Feel of Things performance at Dia Beacon which premiered in 2005. It was utilized as a video backdrop projected on a large rolling screen and was inspired by Albert Durer's engraving Melancholia I (1514). In Jonas' video, Melancholia (performer Ragani Haas) is in an elaborately wrinkled white skirt and white gloves and is positioned in the center of the image. She is superimposed on a flat snow-covered landscape of low hills in a high plateau, high desert setting. The camera shifts back and forth over an empty vista. She is surrounded by various iconic objects. She performs various actions and as she leans against her elbow on the wooden cane, a white dog (Jonas' dog Zina) moves in and out of the frame, shifting and repositioning continuously in relation to her.
Credits: Gladstone Gallery
"Since the 1960s, Joan Jonas has pioneered the use of performance in film and video through a physical engagement with commonplace materials, bodily gestures and technologies. Having initially studied sculpture before ‘stepping into the space of performance’, Jonas intuitively manipulates rudimentary materials, from paper cones to mirrors, masks, folding fans and blackboards, thus amplifying their symbolic potential. It is a visual vocabulary born out of an almost ‘surrealist proclivity for startling juxtapositions’, which Jonas compares to transformative modes of literature, explaining, ‘I think of the work in terms of imagist poetry; disparate elements juxtaposed… alchemy.’" Amy Budd
Artist Certificate: Each puzzle comes with an artist certificate.
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Joan Jonas is an American visual artist and a pioneer of video and performance art, who is one of the most important female artists to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jonas' projects and experiments provided the foundation on which much video performance art would be based. Her influences also extended to conceptual art, theatre, performance art and other visual media.
Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York, NY, USA) is a pioneer of video and performance art, and an acclaimed multimedia artist whose work typically encompasses video, performance, installation, sound, text, and drawing. Trained in art history and sculpture, Jonas was a central figure in the performance art movement of the late 1960s, and her experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Since 1968, her practice has explored ways of seeing, the rhythms of ritual, and the authority of objects and gestures.
Joan Jonas is a New York native and she continues to live and work in New York City. She received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in 1958, studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1965. Jonas has taught at MIT since 1998, and is currently Professor Emerita in the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology within the School of Architecture and Planning.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Jonas’s most recent solo exhibitions include those at Centre for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Japan (2014); Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm (2013); Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico (2013); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2013); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2011); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010). She has been represented in dOCUMENTA in Kassel, Germany, six times since 1972, and has had major retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Germany; and the Queens Museum of Art, New York.