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Les Joynes

Artist as Explorer: Les Joynes (US) is a multi-media artist based in New York. He is founder of FormLAB (, a multi-city exhibition series in museums that explores culture through found histories, objects, sounds and sites. He conceived FormLAB in 1996 at Goldsmiths, London as a nomadic laboratory to reveal and obseerve the events and processes of artmaking. FormLAB is inspired by André Breton's Cadaver Exquis (1918) and Cabaret Voltaire's (1916) interdisciplinary performances and creates exhibitions and cabinets of curiosity in multiple cultures. His work on artist exploration is featured in an upcoming book published by Cambridge Scholars (2017).

Joynes is educated in the US, UK and Japan. He received a BA cum laude in History (1986) and M.Sc (1988) from Boston University; BA HOns Fine Art (1966) from Central Saint Martins College of Art in London; MA Fine Art (1997), Goldsmiths, London; Master of Fine Arts (2001) from Musashino Art University, Tokyo where he was Japan Ministry of Education and Culture Scholar (1997-2001); PhD in Fine Art (2012) deom Leeds Metropolitan University and Post-Doc at University of Sau Paulo, Brazil.

He was Visiting Scholar in Art and Philosophy at Columbia University (2008-2012) and Erasmus Scholar at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris and is Visiting Scholar presenting on arts in higer education at Columbia University's Teacher's College where he is ACMS Department of State research grantee.

His work is represented in New York by Thomas Jaeckel Gallery and is in public and private collections in the UK, US, Japan, Belgium and recently was acquired by the Museu de Arte Brasileira, in Sao Paulo Brazil. He has exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Brazil; Maejima Art Center, Japan; Seoul Foundation for Art & Culture, Korea; Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Thailand; Nordisk Kunstnarsenter, Norway; Museum of Modern Art, Wales, UK; AIT Tactical Museum, Japan; Norimatsy Museum, Japan; Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York; Sandra Bürgel Gallery, Berlin; Nylon, London; Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo. His work was selected by the US Department of State for its exhibition in Mongolia at Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art (2014). 

FormLAB is a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) ArtSpire Project and has received support from the US Department of State, CEC ArtsLink, The Ministry of Culture, Mongolia; the Ministry of Culture, Brazil; It has been awarded a FulBright-Hays Grant for Mongolia (2014) and for FormLAB's upcoming exhibition at Beijing's new Inside-Out Art Museum in China (2017).

Other solo exhibitions 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013  Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY 2012  Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil2011  Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY2010  Treignac Projet/ Art Center, Correze, FranceForm Laboratory, Tokyo (public performance), Tokyo, Japan2009  Form Laboratory – Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY         Trace, Singapore (public performances) Singapore2008  Amotgaard Art Center, Les Joynes: Parallel Universes, Bygstad, Norway         Michael Steinberg Fine Art, Les Joynes: Middleworlds, New York, NY2005  Space Gallery, London, UK 1998  Casa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan1997  Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan

Other group exhibitions 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012  Fenberger House Museum, Nagano, Japan, curated by R. McDonald, Nagano, Japan         Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture, Seoul, Korea2011  Impressionismus ausserhalb Frankreichs, Berlin,          curated Klaus Winichner.Berlin,  Germany2010  University of Minnesota, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN         Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil         Museum of Modern Art, Wales, UK         Exit 11, curated by Luc Fierens and Benoit Piret, Grand-Leez, Belgium         San Diego State University, curated by Bibiana Padilla Maltos, San Diego, CA2007 New General Catalog, "The Guy Debord Show," Brooklyn, NY         Michael Mazzeo/ Peer Gallery, New York, NY         Sandra Buergel Gallery, Berlin, Germany2006 South La Brea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA         Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA         CBGB, New York, New York, NY2005 Mizuma Gallery/ Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan         Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA         Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Japan2004  Triangle/Space, London, UK2003  Bergstübl Projekte Mitte, Berlin, Germany         Albert Schweitzer spielt Johann Sebastian Bach, Berlin.          Curated by Klaus Winichner  Berlin, Germany         Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan2002  Tactical Museum/ AIT, Tokyo, Curated by Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan         Maejima Art Center, Okinawa. Curated by Roger McDonald, Okinawa, Japan2001  Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Table Manners. Curated by Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan         The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Curated by Emil Goh,           Sydney,   Australia         Gallery 4a, Sydney. Curated by Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia         Art & Culture Foundation, Seoul, Korea2000  Nylon, London, UK         Asahi Gallery, Tokyo, Asahi Contemporary Art 2000, Tokyo, Japan1999  Bangkok Experimental Film and Video. Curated by Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand         Tatsumi Orimoto Space, Kawasaki, Japan         P-House Gallery, Tokyo, Networking/ British Council UK '98, Tokyo, Japan1996  Milch Gallery, London, UK1995  Barbican Concourse Gallery, London, UK

Awards, collections 
Awards and Research 2012 Discoveries, Seoul 20min. video performance 2010 Glossolalia (2010), 14 min. Falling to Earth, Tokyo (2010), 2010, 45 minutes, SD video. Bubble, Tokyo (2010), 15 minutes, HD video. Bubble, France (2010), 20 minutes, HD video. Alien Poetry Society, France (2010), 8 minutes, HD video. Farewell to an invisible friend, France (2010), 10 minutes, HD video. Form Laboratory II: The Discovery (2010), 30 minutes, HD video. Form Laboratory II: The Laboratory (2010), 30 minutes, HD video. The interview of the Self (2010), 30 minutes. HD video. 2009 Trace (2009) Bauhaus Cities of Tomorrow Project, Singapore 2008 Trace (2008) Bauhaus Cities of Tomorrow Performance, InterBau (performances at Hansaviertel), Berlin. 1996 Highchair (1996), Performances, London, SD video. Awards and Research 2011 Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, Columbia University, New York 2011 Visiting Scholar in The School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York 2010 Harlem Arts Alliance Grant, New York 2009 Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellow, National Academy Museum School of Art & Design, New York 2008 Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Stipend, Cultural Ministry of Norway 2001 MEXT Scholar, Japan, Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture, Japan 1995 Erasmus Scholar, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris King Sturge Prize, London 1993 Commendation, Central Saint Martins College of Art, London Residencies 2009 Artist Fellow, Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, Germany Bauhaus Kolleg, Kulturministerium des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany 2008 NKD-Fellow, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter, Dalsasen - Cultural Ministry of Norway 2006 Artist Fellow in printmaking, Nagasawa Artist Park - Awajishima, Japan 2001 Postgraduate Selection for Sculpture, Musashino Art University, Tokyo 1994 Inner Spaces, artist-in-residence Skoki/Poznan, Poland