Samuel Levi Jones


bound newspaper spine, medical book spines, and law book spines
22 x 24 1/2 inches

Samuel Levi Jones creates carefully composed geometric compositions from deconstructed books and newspapers. In Law of Property, the components are woven together, suggesting that notions of property – both land and, in American history, human beings – are a complicated mix of the laws and theories found in journalism, medicine, and the legal system. By tearing apart his source material and stitching it back together, Levi Jones suggests new understandings must be reconfigured from the past. Solo exhibitions of Jones’ work include Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; After Fred Wilson at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; and Unbound at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His work can be found in a number of museum collections, among them Dallas Museum of Art; LACMA, Los Angeles; SFMoMA, San Francisco; and The Whitney Museum, New York.