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BIOGRAPHY

Les Joynes (US)

American, born Southern California, 1963. 

Lives and works in New York. 

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Artist and founder of FormLAB 

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(image: Joynes in sculpture performance at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture).

Les Joynes is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. He obtained his masters in fine art from Goldsmiths, London; doctorate in fine art from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and postdoctorate in fine art from Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. Since 2008 he has been Visiting Scholar in Art, Philosophy and Art Education at Columbia University.  

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Through FormLAB, he explores contemporary visual cultures within cities, notions of border as well as creating networked or geographically-dispersed micro-museums in cities. His installations explore the rich archeologies of different communities and his sculptural installations contain experimental video, arduino-controlled kinetics, assemblages and found objects. Each micro-environment creates a personality of space that engages the viewer with a repositioning of the familiar and the exotic. 

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He is recipient of the Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award for museum exhibitions in Mongolia (2014) and China (2017), the Japan Monbusho scholarship for research on Japanese contemporary art and culture (Japan) and the King Sturge Award for Sculpture, London. His work has featured in Art Monthly, London; Sculpture Magazine, and two current books Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (UK, 2018), Anywhere v.1 (Australia/US, 2016), CCTV, China, and NHK Television, Japan. He has been resident at Nordic Artist Center, Norway, the Bauhaus Foundation, Germany, the Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado residency, São Paulo and CEC Artslink, St. Petersburg, Russia. He now prepares a museum exhibition exploring monument if post-Soviet Russia.

Image: Les Joynes, left, and members of Blue Sun installing FormLAB at Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2014.

FormLAB-Seoul Foundation for Art & Culture (2012)

FormLAB-France, Treignac Projet (2010)

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