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Posted by Lea Troutman at 5:15PM
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Written by Lea Troutman, Film, Photography, & Visual Arts, '21, FLEFF Intern, Baltimore, MD

It was recently brought to FLEFF blogging team’s attention that Phillip Mallory Jones was to be one of the newest additions to the FLEFF guest line-up. 


While scrolling through Jones’ portfolio, each piece grabbed my attention. In his piece titled, “Rent Party,” the vivid colors, lighting, and just the all-around uniqueness of his practice stands out to me. I appreciate the smallest details, like how the smoke from their cigarettes flows or the art placed in the background. I was drawn to how each piece looked like a film still that told a story.  


Phillip Mallory Jones’ work fits perfectly within the interdisciplinary goals of FLEFF. Jones' work creates experiences “using digital 3D modeling and video game technologies, virtual and augmented reality, theatrical projection, and creating books.”   


Through his latest work, Bronzeville Etudes and Riffs (2018), Jones’ goal is to promote the visions of the artists during the Chicago Renaissance, as they inspired artists in many generations across all fields. 


The Chicago Black Renaissance is often overlooked to the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. Phillip Mallory Jones creates DISRUPTION through this idea that all great African American art came out of the Harlem Renaissance, when many great artists came from Bronzeville and throughout Chicago too.  

By implementing this modern digital twist on a time period that used black and white photography, the viewer is immersed in the 1930s and 40s through the augmented realities Jones creates.  


Even though Jones’ pieces are digitally created, they each feel like photographs that evoke a sense of the time period and references to other artists from the time period. On his website, he includes real photos combined with text that inspired the piece. Jones mentions, Archibald J. Motley Jr. and Edward Hopper as specific artists who have inspired him.  


I anticipate hearing from the other FLEFF guests and how they disrupt their environments like Phillip Mallory Jones

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