Michael Jones was born in Dallas, Texas, where he attended the famed Booker
T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts. He relocated to
Atlanta, Georgia in 1994 where he received his bachelor’s degree in Painting
and Sculpture from Atlanta College of Art (SCAD) in 1998. His focus was in non-objective, abstract paintings. Newer works deals with definitions which he uses mixed medium, collage, found objects in addition he operates within interior and exterior urban spaces and honor the mundane materials that filter through our
day to day lives.
My new work is driven by definitions of targets. A subject can be defined in many
ways given the environment it is placed, the situation it is in, or the context in
which it is used. I choose a target because it is the object at which efforts are
directed. It places nouns as the aim of attack. Targets can be anything, which
is why I feel the need to define them. Being an artist, I too am a target, since I
represent the art that will be the subject of your criticism.
The new work is process driven. The physical act of shooting the target starts
this process. I’m drawn to opposing things so the controlled randomness of the
bullets traveling through the background sets the perimeters for the procedures.
The gun becomes the first tool for marking or changing the surface of the target
which exploits the notion of where my efforts are directed or the subject of attack.
In addition found objects and mixed medium is added as a way for me to get
the audience involved but letting them create their own conclusion of what they
see in each target. Different pieces have themes that question one’s definition of
what or who a target is or can be.
Nov. 2018 “Snow Globe” EDB4 Atl. Ga.
Feb 2018 “Inside the Perimeter” Hartsfield Atlanta Airport Atl. Ga.
Nov 2017 “40 over 40” EDB4 Atl. Ga.
Sep 2017 “Untitled Unknown” Artisan Art Gallery Atl. Ga.
Nov 2015 “Little Things” Swan Coach House Gallery Atl. Ga
Oct 2015 “Moving Targets Full Clip” Eyedrum Atl. Ga
Oct 2015 “Dollar $how” 2Ten HauStudios Ivanhoe N.C.
Oct 2015 “EngageMINT Party” Mammal Gallery Atl. Ga
Aug 2015 “Power, Protest, Resistance” Salena Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Jul 2015 “ Transformation” Callanwolde Fine Art Center” Atl. Ga
Oct 2014 “Moving Targets” Fuse C4 Art Center Atl. Ga.
May 2014 Hambidge Art Auction + Performance Gala, Goat Farm Atl. Ga.
Jul 2011 “We Don’t Need Your Labels” Sous Whisky Marin Atl. Ga.
Nov 2007 “Something Old, Something New” House of Color Gallery, Atl. Ga.
PUBLIC ART PROJECT
Jun 2018 “Westside Murals” Clean Moto Carwash Atl. Ga. 20’ (w) x 9’ (h)
Mar 2018 “Butter Upper Westside” Broadstone Yards Atl. Ga. 44’(w) x 55’ (h)
Oct 2017 “Chamblee Gateway” City of Chamblee 320’(w) x 16’(h) Chamblee, Ga.
Nov 2015 “Letter Blue” Mural 60’ x 18’ Atl. Ga.
Sep 2015 “Monster Drawing Rally” High Museum of Art
Jun 2015 “Car Canvas 2015” Westview Summer Solstice
Feb 2013 “Kindezi School Kids Mural” Kindezi School
CHARITY / VOLUNTEER
STEAM Summer Camp Westview 2015 4 week Art Instructor
Young Artist Showcase 2015 Marietta-Roswell Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dunwoody Springs Elementary School
Hambidge Art Auction 2014
Best Unexpected Public Art 2018 Atlanta Magazine “Clean Moto Carwash” 1333 White St.
BFA in Painting and Sculpture, Atlanta College of Art, 1998