September 2 – October 1, 2021
Reception September 12, 2021 4PM
distressed:memories is my personal labor to document my internal world, i.e. to investigate those things that I know, I have seen but that do not really exist. Many of the photographs are from my dreams. These potentials for creation are actualized when they enter consciousness as images. Photography allows them to graduate from my fantasy & enter the real world. They may even cross over & maybe reveal shared visions: mythology, fairy tales, religious rituals, universal Jungian archetypes.
Cloaked in the accoutrements of an era long past, distressed:memories is also about time. How time is as much an illusion as dreams. In Newtonian physics, time can only move in one direction. In the mind, time can fluctuate back & forth. These photographs are documents. They are proof. They challenge our concept of history too, by combining two realities: antique authority & futuristic novelty. Society draws from so many myths that those of yesteryear can be compared to new ones that inform popular culture. The ambiguity is primal.
Lou Jones’ eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civilwars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books.