John Powell-Jones’ practice deals with themes of perception, power structures and personal reality, an ongoing exploration into how the warped western view on progress and success can act to inform our perception of morality. These ideas are explored through the use of speculative fiction and presented across various mediums including, video, performance, animation and comic books. Taking inspiration from body and survival horror, European folklore and science fiction (specifically the sub-genre of cyberpunk). Powell-Jones aim is to form a dialogue between our present and an imagined dystopian future in which the horrors of capitalism and neo-liberal ideology are presented as cyborgs and demons.
Powell-Jones has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows including:2022: ‘Art et al. X Cromwell Place: Season One’, Group Show, Cromwell House, London. ‘The Alien Inside Us” Group Show, Anderson Contemporary, London. ‘Fayre Share Fayre’ Group Show, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. 2021: ‘Cyberjunk’, Solo Show, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; ‘Cyberjunk – Quantum Crash’, Solo Show, IMT Gallery, London; ‘Metabolic Market’, Group Show, Giant Gallery, Bournemouth; ‘This Is A Not Me’ 2020, Group Show, IMT Gallery, London/The Internet.2020: ‘Other Transmissions’, Group Show, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; ‘Technotrash: The Fellowship of Technoid’, Solo performance, Holden Gallery, Manchester.2019: ‘Here and How?’, Group Show, Motion Sickness Project Space, Cambridge; ‘Slime Of UR Life: Work Drinks’, Solo Show, Paradise Works, Salford; ‘Proforma Pavilion’, Group show and ten day residency, Corte Supernova, Venice; ‘Work Drinks’, Solo Installation, STOCK Gallery, Levenshulme; ‘Other Transmissions’, Group Show, an exhibition showcasing work made during the Conversations Series residency, TATE Liverpool, Artlink Hull.‘INSANIA’ 2018
Group Show, Storm and Drunk Gallery, Madrid. ‘New 8″ x 10″s’ 2017, Group Show. The Secret Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA.‘How Do We Look’ 2017, Group Show. International 3 Gallery, Salford.
John Powell-Jones is collaborating on the Ways Of Being Together project.