(BB Video) Send Me a Link: The Art of Cassandra C. Jones

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In this episode of Boing Boing Video, we visit the Ojai studio of artist Cassandra C. Jones, whose "Google-found" digital photo collages and video loops explore how we "create, communicate with, and consume photography in today's 'remix culture.'" San Francisco gallery Baer Ridgway is hosting a solo exhibition of her work, titled "Send Me A Link," August 1st - September 5th 2009.

Some of the works included are constructed by compiling hundreds of professional and amateur snapshots of the same subject taken by different people. Ranging from full-color lightning bolts to old black and whites of horses jumping over a fence, she links them in ways that depict motion, line and non-linear narrative. Other pieces are made by deconstructing single photographs, removing their backgrounds and reducing them to isolated shapes. Jones then duplicates and arranges these forms to create compositions where singularity and multiplicity exist simultaneously. There is both an order and a chaos present in the body of work, which overall asks the question, what does it mean to organize and interpret imagery in the digital realm, where the archives of visual information are in a constant state of growth and evolution?
More images after the jump, and you may also want to read this article about her work today in the San Francisco Chronicle.


"Send Me a Link is at once a nod to the digital landscape in which we find ourselves, and a plea, perhaps an imperative, to create context amidst an endless expanse of images. The phrase explicitly signals the centrality for Jones of network- or systems-oriented digital technologies in the appropriation, accumulation, and manipulation of photographs; the artist culls many of her images from stock or professional photo agencies with an ease and speed unique to our lived moment. Similarly, the wide ranging content of the artist's most recent compositions (leaping animals, looping roller coasters, hovering athletes) all share a suspended quality, suggesting that approaches to flight, air, falling, or hovering might form a new common thematic concern in Jones' evolving practice. She has pushed the suggestion even further in recent compositions: by manipulating streaks of lightning across the night sky into explicitly figurative shapes (Lightning Drawing Series, 2009), she offers another link: the aligning of the practices of drawing and photography."

-James Merle Thomas



  1. The videos remind me of a guy I knew who used TinEye.com to search his photo of the full moon. When TinEye found hundreds of ‘matches’ he became convinced that the others were all using his photo, only changing the clouds, trees, and other surrounding objects.

  2. Wow! True creativity. It’s amazing that people can all look at the same thing, but one person sees it differently. She’s a real artist.

  3. Wonderful stuff!!

    But I think she’s mistaken in her theory about why there are more photos of the waxing moon than the waning moon. A more likely explanation is that a waxing moon will be high in the sky before midnight, when many people are still awake, whereas a waning moon will ride high during the predawn hours.

  4. This is such a wonderful display of creativity in a world full of redundancy and mediocrity.

    “Cheerleader crotch shots… the perfect combination between American family values and pornography.” Brilliant!

  5. Great stuff. Probably one of the more effective commentaries on the internet/digital culture that I’ve seen recently in art. She has an awkward habit of looking at the camera though.

  6. One of the greatest BBVideo for sure thanks to a skillful combination of rare elements: rare that an interviewee can address the camera directly with such ease, rare that an artist can speak of her art so… flowingly, rare creativity which leads to a comment on our collective lives of a, yes, rare intelligence and, sigh, even rarer accuracy. One of the best use of 5 minutes of my life I’ve had the chance to make.

    Good job madame X and team.

  7. Heh, funny that #8 and #9 are at odds over the interviewee’s presence.

    I don’t typically critique the camera presence of our guests, but I’ll just say I’m with #9. She is a genuinely interesting person, doing innovative and thoughtful work, and she was relaxed and engaging on-camera.

    I am so pleased that so many of you felt like this was a particularly good Boing Boing video episode, and even more pleased that it introduced you to the work of an artist we’ve been fans of for some time!

  8. Here’s an artist who has me thinking differently about images and use of materials. Great one!

  9. OULEE09 @#11 and #12 (although maybe not for long, in which case, folks, feel free to ignore or delete this post, too):

    What Web site do you think you’re on? What medications do you think you’re on? Or are you just a link spammer?

    If you’re just a spammer, you’re an exceptionally poor one.

    1. If you’re just a spammer, you’re an exceptionally poor one.

      You only think that because you never get to see the spam for Chinese-made farm equipment.

  10. She also designed the cover of the Bell Orchestre album “As Seen Through Windows”, and made a video for them:

  11. This is great! it also reminds me of the AS-FOUND.NET project that was showcased at the Grok Institute in London

  12. @#9, as testament to how truly great this episode and its subject were, you said “best use of 5 minutes,” but the episode is 10 minutes long! I thought the guest and the episode were superb also.

  13. This kind of work has been done before by artist Paul Pfeiffer. Xeni, please interview him and present some of his video work on Boing Boing. You’ll be surprised to learn he’s being doing this stuff since the 90s.

  14. There are lots of artists and corporations doing things with found photography and footage, Pfeiffer and Microsoft being in that pool. There is also Fred Tomaselli and Joachim Scchmid. I think Jones holds her own though. She has definitely got her own style.

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