ALL MALE MASH UP 

video, color, 29 minutes, 2006
 

DESCRIPTION

    William E. Jones’s new body of work was inspired by his parallel career in the gay adult video industry.  In the course of viewing hundreds of hours of porn, he has developed a fascination with its marginalia: establishing shots revealing urban landscapes of the recent past, charmingly inept dialogue scenes, and close-ups of performers, many now dead. This material, while of no particular commercial use, can be seen as an invaluable document of a lost world of eroticism and sociability.

    All Male Mash Up was the main video in Jones’s solo exhibition, There should be a new word for happiness at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; it has also been shown at Mix New York; Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium; London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; Outfest, Los Angeles; Mix Brasil, São Paulo; ; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and in the exhibitions Virtuosic Siblings at the Goethe Institut, Los Angeles; The Dulcet Clime of the Bedchamber at Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin; at Anthology Film Archives, New York; and in The Collectors, at the Nordic Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale.

 
REVIEW

Rachel Kushner, “On the Ground: Los Angeles,” Artforum, vol. XLV, no. 4 (December 2006) p. 255.

    William Jones’s video All Male Mash Up — a montage of “interstitial” moments from vintage porn films, whose cumulative effect is like a ’70s San Francisco version of Proust’s induction into high gay code in Sodom and Gomorrah.