Joan Jonas, ‘Untitled from Reanimation Performance’, 2014, Painting, Oil Stick on Paper, Miriam Shiell Fine Art
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Joan Jonas

Untitled from Reanimation Performance, 2014

Oil Stick on Paper
55 × 30 in
139.7 × 76.2 cm
.
Location
Toronto
MSF
Miriam Shiell Fine Art
Toronto

Joan Jonas (b. 1936) is a pioneer of video and performance art. Her recent performances include the …

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Joan Jonas
American, b. 1936
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Joan Jonas, believing that sculpture and painting were exhausted mediums, became known for her pioneering work in performance and video art. Jonas, who studied sculpture and art history, was deeply influenced by the work of Trisha Brown, with whom she studied dance, as well as John Cage and Claes Oldenburg, particular in their exploration of non-linear narrative structure and form. Jonas’s own work has frequently engaged and questioned portrayals of female identity in theatric and self-reflexive ways, using ritual-like gestures, masks, mirrors, and costumes. Over time, Jonas began to introduce more symbolic elements into her work; frequent motifs include dogs, the sun and moon, skulls, landscapes, and hurricanes. Themes of memory, autobiography, mythology, and dreams became more central themes in her work in the 1980s.

Joan Jonas, ‘Untitled from Reanimation Performance’, 2014, Painting, Oil Stick on Paper, Miriam Shiell Fine Art
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Miriam Shiell Fine Art
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Joan Jonas (b. 1936) is a pioneer of video and performance art. Her recent performances include the act of drawing where Jonas will trace her body with an oil stick, such as Untitled from the Reanimation Performance.

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Joan Jonas
American, b. 1936
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Joan Jonas, believing that sculpture and painting were exhausted mediums, became known for her pioneering work in performance and video art. Jonas, who studied sculpture and art history, was deeply influenced by the work of Trisha Brown, with whom she studied dance, as well as John Cage and Claes Oldenburg, particular in their exploration of non-linear narrative structure and form. Jonas’s own work has frequently engaged and questioned portrayals of female identity in theatric and self-reflexive ways, using ritual-like gestures, masks, mirrors, and costumes. Over time, Jonas began to introduce more symbolic elements into her work; frequent motifs include dogs, the sun and moon, skulls, landscapes, and hurricanes. Themes of memory, autobiography, mythology, and dreams became more central themes in her work in the 1980s.

Joan Jonas

Untitled from Reanimation Performance, 2014

Oil Stick on Paper
55 × 30 in
139.7 × 76.2 cm
.
Location
Toronto
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