Jeremiah Jones is a new media artist, but the work he had on view during Bushwick Open Studios had an accessible and wonky tactility uncommon in new media art.
Upon entering his studio on Bogart Street, the only light sources in the dark room were from the various projections and videos that compose his body of work. In one piece, Jones had deconstructed a DVD player and then lit the screen from behind with an incandescent bulb.
My favorite piece of his was an animation projected at 8 by 12 feet on one wall. The video was framed by an image of a decorative gold frame that was unmoving, while inside it we see a police car slowly driving up and down hills in a roughly drawn landscape of grass, flowers, and chain link fences. Occasionally a shadowy figure would skulk across the background, but otherwise the piece was oddly placid and absorbing.
He seemed to be really thinking about light in his work, breaking down the components of familiar technology in such a way that something new was revealed. It made me think of the camera obscura, or a zoetrope; vintage devices which, like Jones’ work, restore a sense of wonder to the moving image.