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Howard Jones (FF)

November 26, 2018

Howard Jones, former faculty, was profiled in the December/January 2019 issue of American Craft Magazine. "Tools From the Sideways Universe," an 8-page feature that includes several photos of Jones' distinctive sculptures, describes Jones' work and his process as an artist: "'Be regular and orderly in your life, like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work,' novelist Gustave Flaubert advised artists. It's one of Howard Jones' favorite quotations. 'You can be a regular sort of person and live as an artist,' says Jones, a genial, plain-spoken man who crafts startling, absurdist art in his garage on a quiet suburban street in Middle America. 'You don't necessarily have to always be avant-game in every aspect of your life." He pauses, then adds, as he often does, 'Does that make sense?' Jones' sculptures make sense, until they don't. At fist glance, they appear to be familiar objects — hammers, shoes, chairs. But there's always a bizarre twist: The hammer has four handles and four heads. The high-heeled pump is double-footed. The chair's seat is made of hard, spiky sweet-gum seedpods. With their surreal imagery, sly humor, and strange beauty, his eccentric implements are pleasantly unsettling, prompting us to consider our relationships with the tools of daily life."