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Les Joynes (US) 

American, born Southern California, 1963. Lives and works in New York


Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D, 2012)

Thesis on mechanisms to evoke the formless in fine art


Columbia University, New York, USA

Scholar in Art, Art History, Philosophy and Education (2008-2018)

Columbia University Visiting Scholar Program 


Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

Masters in Fine Art (2001)

Specialization in Asian traditional and contemporary arts


Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

Master of Arts, Fine Art (MA Fine Art 1997)

Dissertation on the uncanny and the abject and Post Modern  


Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts (UAL), London, UK

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA Hons, 1996) 

Specialization in sculpture and  multimedia installation


Boston University, Boston and Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

Master of Science (1989)

Faculteit van de Economische, Sociale en Politieke Wetenschappen


Boston University, Boston, USA

Bachelor of Arts in History  (1986) 

European History. Art History. Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society



Upcoming Sri Lanka (2019) 


Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing (2017).


Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar (2014).


Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil (2013).


Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil (2012).


Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York (2011).


Treignac Projet, Correze, France (2010).


FormLAB Tokyo (performance), Tokyo, Japan (2010).


Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, Berlin and Queenstown, Singapore (2009).


Åmotgård Museum, Bygstad, Norway (2008).


Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY (2008).


Space Gallery, London, UK (2005).


Casa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (1998).


Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan (1997).


Norwood Club, Pulse Play, Curated by Joey Lico, New York (2016).


976 Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Launch exhibition for Mongolia’s partipation in 2015 Venice Biennale 


University of São Paulo, Brazil (2013).


Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea (2012).


Fenberger Museum, Nagano, Japan (2012).


Impressionismus, cur. Klaus Winichner, Berlin, Germany (2011).


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2010).


Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil (2010).


Museum of Modern Art,  Wales, UK (2010).


Exit 11, cur.  Luc Fierens and Benoit Piret, Grand-Leez, Belgium (2010).


San Diego State University, cur.  Bibiana Padilla Maltos, San Diego, CA (2010).


New General Catalog, "The Guy Debord Show” Curated Dan Levenson, New York (2007).


Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY (2007).


Sandra Bürgel Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2007).


South La Brea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2006).


Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2006).


CBGB, New York, New York, NY (2006).


Art Fair Tokyo, Japan (2005).


Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2005).


Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2005).


Bergstübl Projekte Mitte, Berlin, Germany (2004).


Albert Schweitzer spielt Johann Sebastian Bach, Klaus Winichner, Berlin (2003).


Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2003).


Tactical Museum/ AIT, Curated by Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan (2002).


Maejima Art Center, Curated by Roger McDonald, Okinawa, Japan (2002).


Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Table Manners. Curator, Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan (2001).


The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Curator, Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia (2001).


Gallery 4a, Sydney. Curator, Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia (2001).


Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture, Korea (2001).


Nylon Gallery, London, UK (2000).


Asahi Contemporary Art 2000, Tokyo, Japan (2000).


Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. Curator, Project 304, Bangkok (1999).


Tatsumi Orimoto Space, Kawasaki, Japan (1999).


Milch Gallery, London, UK (1996).


Barbican Gallery, London, UK (1995).


Өнөөдөр (Unuduur), Mongolian national newspaper - Interview with Les Joynes (2014).


China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing (2014).


Kim, Hee-young, Seoul Foundation for Art & Culture, Korea, An Archaeology of Time: Les Joynes (2012).


Epoca São Paulo (magazine), Exposição transforma Museu Brasileiro da Escultura em laboratório criativo (2012).


Cultura e Arte (magazine), São Paulo, FormLAB ganha primeira versão no Brasil (2012).


Colhera da Culture (magazine), São Paulo, (2012) 


Form Laboratory: O mar de objetos descartados como lixo nas cidades se transforma em arte nas mãos do artista Les Joynes (2012).


TVO-São Paulo, Les Joynes (Televised Interview), São Paulo, Brazil (2012).


Sele, Katrine, Interview: Parallel Universes, Amotgaard, Bygstad, Firde (newspaper), Norway (2008).


Ewald, Gritta, Dagbeeld (magazine), Rotterdam, Netherlands (2008).


Fujimori, Manami, In the City on the Move: Featured artists: New York, Boon (magazine),

Japan (2008).


Gossart, Séverine, Columbia University Oral History Archives, New York (2007).


Kobe Shimbun (newspaper), Japan (2006).


Commons & Sense (magazine), Tokyo, Japan (2002).


Savannah, Gae, Sculpture Magazine, Washington DC (2002).


Japan Design (magazine), Tokyo, Japan (2001).


Charlesworth, J.J. The Raft, Art Monthly, London (2000).


Museu de Arte Brasileira (MAB), São Paulo, Brazil.


Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil.


The City of Awaji, Japan.


Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan.


Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture/ The City of Seoul, Korea. 


Private collections in the UK, Japan, Belgium, France and the US.


Artist Centric Practices in the Museum of Tomorrow, [book] Museum2050 and Long Art Museum, Shanghai (2019)


Emerging dialogues in teaching, evaluation and curriculum development, 

Critical Practices, New York, (2018)


Intercultural Collaboration in the Arts: Shamanism, Ritual in Brazil, 

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (2018)


Higher Education at the Crossroads: Central Asia

American Center for Mongolian Studies (2018)


Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (Cambridge Scholars, Nottingham, UK, 2018)


Anywhere v.1. Parsons The New School for Design; Project Anywhere; and

School of Creative Industries, ISBN 978-0-692-32297-0, (2016)


Selected Artists from China and the US at Beijing’s Inside Out Art Museum

(catalogue), LeRoy Neiman Foundation, New York (2014)


The Invisible and the Transvisible in Contemporary Art, Singapore, Journal for

Visual Culture, University of California, Irvine (Joynes and Basu, 2011)


Japanese art and Yuichi Higashionna at NADIF Tokyo, Flash Art, Milan (2000)


Yoshitomo Nara at Ginza Art Space, Art in America (1999)


British art in the 1990s: David Thorpe and Brian Griffith

Springer, Vienna (1998).


Columbia University, New York (2018-2019) 

Department of Art and Archeology

Visiting Scholar in Contemporary and Comparative Visual Cultures

Columbia Visiting Scholars and Scientist Program


Columbia University, New York (2016-2018) 

Teachers College

Visiting Scholar in Art, Education and Curriculum Design


Columbia University, New York (2010-2012) 

Department of Philosophy

Visiting Scholar in Contemporary Art and Philosophy 

Columbia Visiting Scholars and Scientist Program


University of the Arts London (UAL), UK (2015)

Research Fellow in Visual Art 

Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN). 

Led UAL doctoral masterclass on arts practice and research .


Columbia University, New York (2018-2019) 

Columbia School of the Arts

Columbia Visiting Scholars and Scientist Program

Visiting Scholar in Contemporary Art Practices


Renmin University of China, Beijing, P.R. China (2013-present)

Visiting Professor 

School of Art

Professor of Record, American Art Since 1900:  modern and contemporary art.



Visiting Lectures


Long Art Museum, Shanghai (2018) 

Lecture on the museum of the future and artist-centric installation in China 


Bard Abroad Smolny College Program, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017) 

Lecture “Contemporary curating and international cooperation”.


Pro Arte Foundation

Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017) 

“Contemporary art and collaboration between the US, China, Mongolia, Brazil, & Singapore”


Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2015, 2016) 

Visiting Lecturer

Founder of the American Modern and Contemporary Art Lecture Series.


Cambridge University, UK (2015) 

Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Presenter on Intercultural contemporary art collaboration 


Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan (1998-2001)

Department of Sculpture

Teaching and tutorials with BA Fine Art Sculpture students 1999-2001. (2 years) 

Research Scholar in Japanese contemporary and traditional arts.


Visiting presentations and teaching (2000-2012)

University of Lincoln (May, 2014), University of Coventry (Feb 2014); Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea; Lasalle College of Art, Singapore; Nanyang Academy of Art, National University of Singapore (2009); University of California, Santa Barbara (2006); Otis School of Art, Los Angeles (2000).


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY (2016)

Research for Arts in Education in Mongolia (funded US Department of State American Center of Mongolian Studies (ACMS) in collaboration with Mongolian State University for Art & Culture, Ulaanbaatar. 


University of the Arts London,  London, UK (2015).

Research on transnational art systems and nomadic practices (including that of FormLAB). 


University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2014-2015).

Post-colonial intercultural and interdisciplinary art practice. Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jose Batista Dal Farra, Director, Departmento des Artes Cenicas (CAC). 


FormLAB,  New York, NY (2014)

Director for expedition to visit nomadic Tsaatan reindeer herding community in the

Mongolian Border region with Siberia. Directed exhibition and research.

Fulbright-Hays Award and CEC-ArtsLink, New York grant (2014)


Leeds Metropolitan University,  Leeds, UK (2012)

Doctoral Research on emergence of new geographically dispersed art-making practice.


Columbia University, New York (2010-11).

Visiting Scholar in Philosophy.

Examining phenomonenology of artifact, vagueness theory, the informe and the ontogenesis of the work of art. 


Columbia University, New York (2016)

Visiting Scholar Research Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Collaborated with Columbia Business School 


Columbia University, New York (2008- 2010)

Columbia University School of Art 

Research on notions of the artifact in public art, critical theory and art historical contexts. 


National Academy Museum, New York (2009)

Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship.

Research on public art, mural and public installation.


Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau Germany (2008-2009)

Artist Fellow on Bauhaus Foundation Kolleg Program, Dessau, Germany 

(2009), Singapore (2009) 


Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Norway (2008)

Research on Nordic mythology, and site-specific art installations. 

Served on artist selection panel.  Support from Cultural Ministry of Norway.


MEXT/Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture Research Scholar, Tokyo  (1997-2001). Research on contemporary art in East Asia. 

Research on pedagogy. Government sponsored Japanese language program 1997-1998. 


Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK (1996-1997)

Thesis research on the uncanny in American popular culture, art and film. 


Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK (1993-96)

Specialized in sculpture techniques, collecting systems and urban excavation. 


Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (1995)

Erasmus Scholar in Fine Art

Research on sculpture processes: casting, metal, human morphology, new media. 


California State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (1988-89)

Research and management of international organizations. 

Co-published “Managing The Technology Transfer Process: The Parallel Learning Mechanism,” California State University, DankookUniversity Press (1990).


Boston University International Programs Office, Brussels, Belgium (1986-1987)

Research on Graduate Education in Europe.


Museum 2050, (2018) 

Long Art Museum, Shanghai


Co-Chair, Young Researcher Conference, Mongolia (2016)


International Committee, College Art Association conference (2015-present).


Japan Startup NYC, Microsoft, New York (2016)


Presidents Forum on Higher Educaiton, Teachers College, Columbia University, New work (2016)


Keynote Speaker, Young Researcher Conference Mongolia, National University of Education and the American Center for Mongolian Studies (2015).


Royal Geographical Society Conference, London (2013)


Editorial Committee, ProjectAnywhere Conference, Parsons/ New School , New York (2015).


Panelist, Artists’ Workspaces: Portability, Contingency, Virtuality, College Art Association conference, Chicago (2014).


Presenting on intercultural arts collaborations for the panel Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (CAA, Washington, DC).


European League of Institutes in the Arts (ELIA) conferences, Seoul (2012) and Vienna (2013).


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