The Easel

14th May 2024

Joan Jonas

Jonas trained as a sculptor but, in the 1960’s wandered into dance, seeing little difference between “a poem, a sculpture, a film or a dance”. Those explorations helped establish video and performance as recognised art forms. Her view was that these were just extensions of traditional storytelling, for which she developed modes of “technologized sorcery” including an alter ego, the “seductress Organic Honey”. Her first major retrospective offers “an experience of unexpected sculptural and scenographic power”.