Past Exhibitions

Bill Jones: Waking Dream

May 8 June 8, 2018

CONTACT Photography Festival

Organized by and presented in partnership with John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario

Curated by Taryn Foss and Carla Garnet


Waking Dream is a multimedia project by New York-based artist Bill Jones that traces the first hundred years of photography, from its invention in 1839 to its modernist triumphs in the early 20th century. The exhibition integrates still and moving imagery and a wide range of media techniques to reinterpret historical works. Looking to the composite images of 19th-century British photographer Henry Peach Robinson and the sequenced motion studies of Robinson’s contemporary Eadweard Muybridge, through to the advent of cinema, Jones maps early analogue history onto the contemporary digital landscape.



Installation views


Fox Talbot’s Pond, 2018, HD video, 4:51 minutes



CONTINENTAL DRIFT: Conceptual Art in Canada: The 1960s and 70s. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. Part I: April 19.-June 23;  Part II:  June 28-August 9, 2013. CONTINENTAL DRIFT is devoted to a significant and hitherto underrepresented period in Canadian art. Involving a broad spectrum of materials and media, the exhibition sheds light on some of the most unique characteristics of Canadian conceptual art—especially the role of artists’ collectives and the network of artist-run centers, but also the development of new artistic mediums and the influence of Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan. The exhibition accentuates a diversity of local vantage points in the ongoing project of revisiting the history of conceptual art globally. More info



Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 – 1980. Curated by Grant Arnold, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault with Vincent Bonin, and Jayne Wark. Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965-1980 is the first major account of the development of Conceptual Art in Canada from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s.  By far one of the most important and long-lasting art movements of the 20th Century, Conceptual Art originated within the social and political turmoil of the 1960s – from feminism and gay liberation to anti-racism and anti-war movements – and presented a profound challenge to the institution of art. More info

Traveled to:

The Dalhousie Art Gallery
MSVU Art Gallery
Saint Mary’s Univeristy Art Gallery
March 18 – May 8, 2011
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Alberta
June 25 – September 25, 2011
Edmonton, Alberta

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
January 13 – February 25, 2012 — Toronto and Montreal sections
March 16 – April 28, 2012 — Vancouver, Central, and Halifax sections
Montreal, Quebec

Vancouver Art Gallery
September 29, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia


Bill Jones and Ben Neill at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn

Bill Jones and Ben Neill perform Afterimage at Issue Project Room,
Music by Ben Neill, Interactive video by Bill Jones



The New AGO: Frank Gehry’s Redesign. Selections from the permanent collection, reopened November 13, 2008. More info





Bill Jones, Elevations, Levitations and the Twist. 7 tables with photographic surfaces with color photographic overlays. 4 x 48 feet (variable) Collection The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (detail table 2)

Past Exhibitions: Selections 1969 – 2000

Click anywhere on the image grid below for slide show.



Mirrored Chamber, Color photographs and mirrored tiles, Installation view Art City, NY, 1986


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