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Samuel Levi Jones, Plain Sight, 2019, deconstructed footballs, 70 × 40".

Samuel Levi Jones, Plain Sight, 2019, deconstructed footballs, 70 × 40".

Samuel Levi Jones

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

The art of Samuel Levi Jones is one of wholesale material reconstitution, in which the artist physically deconstructs conceptually and emotionally loaded objects to the point of abstraction. He presents his quasi-painterly remakings as metaphors for the cut and thrust between warring—or, perhaps, just differing—perspectives on the social and the artistic. His creative alchemy doesn’t have the narrative complexity of, say, Dario Robleto’s, as Jones is more concerned with a consistent and easily digestible look and feel—he doesn’t strike one as somebody who eagerly dives into the rabbit holes of history and happenstance. Yet his lack of specificity is sometimes displaced by a subtler, cumulative force.

Jones’s solo exhibition “Mass Awakening” gathered fourteen works characterized by the pairing of pleasant, picturesque exteriors with tangled origin stories. One trio of canvases—Secrets of

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