M. Henry Jones arrived in New York from Buffalo in 1975 with a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts and a compulsive fascination with animation.
Jones’ childhood preoccupation with animation was followed by a broader exploration of techniques employed to create images, beginning with those that budded between the coming of photography and the birth of the movies, like the zoetrope, the praxinoscope, the kinetoscope, and moving on to later developments, such as lenticular photography and holograms. Most recently Jones has been using Fly’s Eye lenses to make 3-D portraits. (On exhibit) Jones has always combined his tech infatuation with cartoon images, executed in his own manner, which is neither superhero-based in the classic American manner, nor does it have the look beloved of most Brit practitioners of Comic Style, which is that of a truculent adolescent.
As of now, moving images and 3D are his principal obsession. He continues to work with lenticular photography but is moving increasingly on to the Fly's Eye lens, which he sees as a logical extension of the delight he found early in animation. “I think the Fly's Eye photography that I'm doing now is kind of a heightened manifestation of that."
Jones' is currently part of MoMA'sClub 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 through April 1st.