‘Fake News’ was first exhibited in Locust Jones’ 2017 solo show ‘Trouble on the Range’. Through his free-spirited, uncensored works on paper, Jones chronicles issues of contemporary politics. By tuning in to relentless news cycles, his style of commentary addresses issues of epic proportions in a kind of ‘warped diary’. In doing so, Jones produces collisions of imagery and text that are plumbed from the media, newspapers, television and the internet, as well as personal experiences of current political situations in the world.
Events unfold, a story is told, as Jones compellingly vents his confusion and anxiety about the state of the world: “Habitat destruction and refugees, Neoliberalism and climate change, moral turpitude and warehousing humans, overpopulation and and market forces, worshipping and bleeding borders, agitated narcissism and donor fatigue, operational pauses, migratory birds facing extinction … turn on any news channel and these are their favourite things. Turn on and tune in, this is the never ending 24 hour seven day news cycle. In my drawings I try to push the pause button on all this – a snapshot of the moment of the news in that time.”
Locust Jones has been invited to residences across the world, most recently in Lebanon and Palestine. His works have been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mumbai, Auckland and across Australia. He is renowned for his monumental works on paper that unfold like diaristic scrolls, one of which was acquired in 2018 by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.