Jonathan Bouknight + bio | statement | press

My work has always held people – and specifically, the body – as a primary focus, and has evolved to use performance as a way of dissecting and emphasizing the tenuous relationships between body and mind.  In my video projects I most often choose to work with a collaborator, setting up a scenario and asking them to act out an action while I film what transpires.  Through the use of fabricated handicaps, role-playing, and other directed limitations, an awareness of the discordance between body and “self” is brought to the forefront of the actor’s experience. In my studio practice I put myself through similar physical challenges by drawing and painting looped video footage as a way of further engaging and meditating upon the actions.  The resulting works serve as physical translations of sensory experiences and seek to illustrate the inherent discrepancies therein.

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