During his residence at Artpace, Jonesy transformed the gallery space into a hyper-stylized filmset inspired by intimate spaces for queer men, such as gay bars, sex clubs, and bathhouses, for a forthcoming erotic thriller. Projected on the east wall and within the 1988 Ford Ranger Truck are vignettes from the in-progress film made in collaboration with artist and choreographer Lindsey Taylor, cast members Dany Casey, Errin Deplerdang, Cowboi Dukes, Angelica McAuley, and Kate Taylor, and camera and sound by Stephen Fishman.
Inspired by the troupes of the erotic thriller, a narrative and cinematic format that gained wide popularity throughout the 1980s, Jonesy subverts the stereotypical expectations of these films and men’s intimate spaces by focusing on women’s desires as dictated by the predominantly female cast. Utilizing a queer, historical perspective, the performers are sharing their own ideas of what these spaces could be if they were more available to others.
Alongside the video pieces, JONESY PRESENTS HOT ACTION AT ARTPACE includes objects from the film set, a print made in collaboration with Jamie C. Knight of the die Kränken Collective, and an audio piece by Austin-based duo Toxic Water playing throughout the gallery.
The Artist Would Like to Thank
Lindsey Taylor, Craig Biesker, Tom Borgese, and David Evans Frantz for project development.
Spencer Elliott for special assistance, construction, and development.
Photographic models, Brian Alt, Stephen Funk, Jan G., Gavin Garcia, Javier Reyes Lopez, Patrick Pearson, Tomás Rivera, and Saint John.
Artist Megan Solis for her opening night performance as well as Sarah Fox for her assistance and Monae Sims for her camerawork and documentation.
Ruben Luna, Dominic Jimenez, Hyland O’Brien, Joe De La Cruz, Shaine Newhouse, Chloe Harthan, and Madison Feik for their gallery production assistance.
Riley Robinson, Christian Ramírez, Chris Mills, Crystal Conchas, Ashley Mireles, and the staff at Artpace.
Special thanks to Summer 2022 Guest Curator Andy Campbell and fellow residents Hellen Ascoli and Betelhem Makonnen.
The International Artist-in-Residence program is supported through generous donations from the Linda Pace Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation, The Parker Foundation, Inc., the Howard and Betty Halff Charitable Fund, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.