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Les Joynes (US)

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


Post Doctorate, Fine Art (2017)  

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Intercultural collaboration in contemporary art. 


Research Fellow in Intercultural collaborative art practices (1995)  

University of the Arts London, UK 

Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation  


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D, 2012) 

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK 

Thesis on mechanisms to evoke the formless in fine art 


Masters in Fine Art (2001) 

Musashino Art University, Tokyo 

Specialization in Asian traditional and contemporary arts 


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

Goldsmiths, University of London 

Dissertation on the uncanny and the abject and Post Modern   


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA Hons, 1996)  

Central Saint Martins, London 

Specialization in sculpture and  multimedia installation 


Master of Business Administration (MBA, 1989)  

California State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 

Specialization in knowledge and technology transfer 


Master of Science in Management (M.Sc, 1988) 

Boston University, USA 

Specialization in international cooperation  


Bachelor of Arts in History, Boston University, USA (1986) 

European History. Art History. Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society 


Other Education: 

Mandarin Chinese Scholar, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2016)  

Visiting Scholar, Philosophy, Columbia University (2010-11). 

Visiting Scholar, School of the Arts, Columbia University (2008- 2010) 

Monbusho Scholar (MeXT) Denki Tsuushin University, Tokyo (1997-2001) 

Erasmus Scholar, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, France (1995) 

French languages, American University of Paris, France (1983-84)

CEC-ArtsLink, St. Petersburg, Russia (2017).


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.


Emerging dialogues in teaching, evaluation and curriculum development,  

Critical Practices, New York, (2017) 


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

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (2017) 


Higher Education at the Crossroads: Central Asia 

American Center for Mongolian Studies (2017) 


Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (Cambridge Scholars, Nottingham, UK, 2017) 


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 

Teachers College 

Lectures on Arts Education in Mongolia (2018)  


University of the Arts London (UAL), UK

Visiting Fellow (TrAIN) (2015), Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN). Led UAL doctoral masterclass on arts practice and research .


Renmin University of China, Beijing, P.R. China

Visiting Faculty (2013-present)

Initiated university course on modern and contemporary art teaching


Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Visiting Faculty (2015-present)

Lecturing to BFA and MFA students and faculty of fine art.

Founder of the American Modern and Contemporary Art Lecture Series.


Cambridge University, UK

Presenter (2015) Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.


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).


Columbia University, New York, NY (2016)

Research Director for Arts in Education in Mongolia (funded US Deparment 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 interdiciplinary 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 exhibiton 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 phenomonelogy of artifact, vagueness theory, the informe and the ontogeneisis of the work of art. Professor Lydia Goehr, Department of Philosophy.


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.


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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