Samuel Levi Jones

b. 1978

Biography

Sam Levi Jones (b. 1978 in Marion, IN) is an American artist that lives and works in Chicago, IL.  He sources out-dated encyclopaedias, law books or other institutional collections of information, violently removes their covers, and then sews them together to create abstract compositions that hover somewhere between rigorous minimalist grids and chance forms of Abstract Expressionism. In a meaningful act of defiance against these culturally and racially biased tomes, Jones renders these outmoded books useless. Yet he proceeds to turn them into something beautiful that mindfully alters art history’s predominantly white lineage of 20th century abstraction.

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