Artists G.B. Jones and Paul P. have been making collaborative works on and off for nearly two decades, many of which were published in the book A Queer Anthology of Rage. The artists and friends primarily work in collage, pulling from their combined image banks and visualizing their ongoing dialogues.
Through these collages, the artists use the process of cut-and-paste to inquire into queer aesthetics of coding and innuendo. The duo are interested in ungovernable sexualities and genders and visual languages that reflect them. By searching, selecting, and recontextualizing found images together, Jones and P. visualize histories of queer communication and identification. In 2018, P. wrote an insightful essay (link) about Jones’ practice for Canadian Art Magazine that illustrates the depth of the artists’ connection and admiration for each others work.
In conjunction with their collaborative exhibition Temple of Friendship at Cooper Cole, G.B. Jones and Paul P. will be releasing a limited edition zine entitled Tough Stuff. The zine will be available at Cooper Cole in a print run of 200.
Tough Stuff continues Jones and P.’s collective inquiry into ungovernable sexualities and genders, as well as the histories of aesthetics forged by those who were compelled to communicate and represent themselves through innuendo and codes. Devoted to the act of archiving as both a tool and a creative conceit, they have, over the past 18 years, assembled an oeuvre of collaborative cut-and- paste collages from their copious image banks. This zine is filled with colour images of collaborative collages that dwell on the queer lineage of coded language in aesthetics and attitudes.
G.B. Jones (b. 1965 Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) has acquired international acclaim for her super-8 films, zines, and proto-Riot Grrrl band Fifth Column. Active since the early 1980s, her works are milestones in independent film, publishing, and art rock, respectively, and primary sources for what later became known as Queercore. Concurrently, Jones has always been a dedicated visual artist best known for all-female reprises of Tom of Finland’s drawings. By a simple twist, hers are images of liberation freed of the fascist tendencies at work in gay male culture. Her solo exhibitions include Cooper Cole, Toronto, 2018; Tom Of Finland, G.B. Jones, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, 1993; Feature, New York, 1991. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: Art After Stonewall, Grey Art Gallery and Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, 2019; Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women, Maccarone, New York, 2016; This Will Have Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012; Coming To Power: 25 Years Of Sexually X-plicit Art By Women, David Zwirner, New York, curated by Ellen Kantor, 1993. Jones lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Paul P. (b. 1977, Canada), who first came to attention in the early 2000s, has developed a wide-ranging practice centered on a series of drawings and paintings of young men appropriated from pre-AIDS gay erotica. His solo exhibitions include Morena di Luna/Maureen Paley, Hove, UK (2020); Queer Thoughts, New York, USA (2019); Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico (2019); Scrap Metal, Toronto, Canada (2015); and The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2007). His group exhibitions include Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); Les paris sont ouverts, Freud Museum, London (2011); and Compass in Hand, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009). P.’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Whitney Museum, among others.
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