EXHIBITION
CONCEPT
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BIOGRAPHY
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VIEW WORKS
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INFORMATION
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INSTALLATION IMAGES

AFTERL-IFE WORLD

MAD DOG JONES

AUG 30, 2019 - NOV 14, 2019

CONCEPT

Nature meets Cyberpunk
Web-based artist MAD DOG JONES
brings his art from Instagram to
analogue reality with his world premiere exhibition

DIESEL ART GALLERY presents “AFTERL-IFE WORLD”―the world premiere exhibition of Toronto-based artist MAD DOG JONES, from August 30 to November 14, 2019.

MAD DOG JONES’ works deftly interweave cyberpunk elements with the beauty and freedom of nature. As a lover of the wilderness, which was ever present where he grew up, he brings a fresh thematic to the metropolitan aesthetic, done up in citrus and neon tones of technology somehow rendered as a space naturally human.

Having grown up around Thunder Bay, MAD DOG JONES draws constant inspiration from the Canadian wilderness, as well as from Japanese animation, SF films, and cyberpunk, pulling together a rare and powerful fusion of two worlds sometimes deemed irreconcilable.

The exhibition’s title, AFTERL-IFE, with its oddly-placed hyphen, emphasizes those unexpected breaks in life―breaks as in fissures, breaks as in pauses. In that sense, the exhibition is a chance to look to the future and to the past, to take a break from life, and to examine art, our world, and our daily lives―all while opening the door to a world somehow familiar, yet that maintains an exotic distance.

Since 2017, when MAD DOG JONES first introduced his art to Instagram, it has exploded in popularity, yet this will be the first exhibition of his works anywhere in the world. As such, this will be the first chance to see his works up close―translated into our world just as they translate our world itself into an experience intimate and grand at the same time.

The exhibition presents over 15 new works, as well as classic pieces redone, retouched, and all brought into “reality” for the first time. Original exhibition t-shirts, stickers, posters, and more will be available at the exhibition.

Join us at DIESEL ART GALLERY on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 16:00-18:00 for an autograph session with MAD DOG JONES.

BIOGRAPHY

  • MAD DOG JONES

    www.maddogjones.com
    www.instagram.com/mad.dog.jones

    Canadian born visual artist.
    With a strong background in music and multiple gold/platinum hits, he launched his artistic career as MAD DOG JONES in 2017.
    His works, presented until now mainly via Instagram where their popularity spread quickly, blend eclectic influences from Japanese animation, SF film, and cyberpunk with the natural world, one in which he grew up, surrounded by the Canadian wilderness.
    His dual affinities with music and art have led him to create cover art and other works for Maroon 5, Trippie Redd, Chromeo, Vanoss and more.

VIEW WORKS

Title
AFTERL-IFE WORLD
Artist
MAD DOG JONES
Date
Aug 30, 2019 - Nov 14, 2019
Venue
DIESEL ART GALLERY
WEB
www.diesel.co.jp/art
Address
cocoti B1F, 1-23-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel
03-6427-5955
Hours
11:30 - 21:00
Holidays
Non-Regular Holiday
Curator
Jordan A. Y. Smith
Installation Design
sinden, inc.

Thanks to
Thank you to my father Damon Dowbak for tirelessly guiding, teaching and helping me produce this exhibit. He worked countless hours & there is no possible way I could have done this without him. I could not imagine a better partner along my path of creation. 

Thank you to the rest of my management team in Canada: Jonathan, Jeremy, Lorne, Ramon and the entire office at Sprackman & Terrence. 

Thanks to the entire team that made this happen in Japan: Jordan Smith, Mimu and the Sinden team.

Thank you to Andrea Rosso and everyone at Diesel for believing in my art and being a constant source of inspiration!

Thank you to all the models and collaborators along the way, Stefany, Chanelle, Jenna, Jeff, Anne & Kitty.

Thank you to all the friends and family who made this possible and kept me going! Estelle, Josh, Phoenix, Tuija, Lo & John, CaM, Beth & Alan, Coleman, La+ch, Shan Vincent de Paul, Elijah, Haley & Theo.
Curator
Jordan A. Y. Smith
www.jordansmith.space

Professor of Japanese and comparative literature/culture, poet, literary translator, strategic planner at M&C Saatchi Tokyo, Language Branding Director at TETE Branding, and Editor-in-Chief at Tokyo Poetry Journal. Wears many hats in many places, but is always where the art is.

Event
Autograph session with MAD DOG JONES.

Date: Sep 7, 2019
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: DIESEL ART GALLERY
Admission: Free

ME IN THE AFTERL-IFE WORLD CHALLENGE
What if your photo morphed into a MAD DOG JONES art piece?
Here’s your chance to travel round the world via Instagram.

[How to Enter]
Inside the exhibition at DIESEL ART GALLERY take a photo of you wearing or posing with the motorcycle helmet and vest.
Upload to your Instagram and follow @mad.dog.jones.
Add the tags #afterlifeworld and #dieselartgallery and bam. Entered.

[Entry Period]
August 30, 2019 – October 15, 2019.
3 winning photos will be chosen by MAD DOG JONES.
Winners will be announced early November 2019 on MAD DOG JONES’ Instagram and on DIESEL ART GALLERY website.

[Rules]
Entry into the contest means that you agree to the following stipulations regarding Instagram and all other web/screen platforms. If you use Instagram, please strictly abide by the normal rules of Instagram use. You may enter as many times as you like, but please make sure each entry is a unique photo (repeated entries of the same photo will not increase your chances of winning). You retain the rights to use your entered photo(s) as you like, but upon entry into the contest, you also grant MAD DOG JONES the right to use the entered photo(s) freely and in good faith. Any photos that infringe on copyrights of others will not be permitted in the contest. This includes copyright, trademarks, privacy rights, publicity controls, and any other intellectual property rights, or citizenship issues; any photos found to infringe these or otherwise cause damage or offense to others will be accepted in the contest. This includes overtly sexualized exposure/nudity, obscenity, violence, or otherwise inappropriate content. DIESEL ART GALLERY will not be held liable if an entered photo is found to infringe on the rights of or cause damage to other parties. Each person entering the contest is responsible for the content of the entered/posted photos. Private accounts on Instagram cannot be viewed, so please be sure to enter through an account set to public. All entered photos may be used freely by MAD DOG JONES and / or DIESEL ART GALLERY, limited to use for exhibition publicity / advertising / promotional purposes.

INSTALLATION IMAGES

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