Android Jones "Factory"
"I have seen things in this life that I am incapable of translating into words. In my practice I have visited realms where the imagination ends, and the terrifying beauty of infinity unfolds over and over again. If I could distill into words exactly what motivates me to create the art that I make than it would not be worth making it. Instead I have chosen the Pen. Honestly I don't know why I make this art, or what compels me to keep creating it; it's a mystery I intend to pursue for the rest of my life, and each image brings me closer to the Ultimate Truth."
Android Jones, 2013
We are very grateful to present Android Jones as the Featured Artist for our return to Suwannee in 2017. He has been an integral part of Tipper's rise to prominence in recent years, adding his own unique style of VJ'ing to the music in real time, and gifting us all a visual presentation that is synergetic with the music. He also has created iconic pieces of his incredible art for Tipper's Forward Escape album (featured on the Music Page), the Red Rocks show, and his first time working with us at The Fillmore in San Francisco in 2012. Its humbling an artist of his stature is so supportive of our efforts, and in turn we are excited to support his various next level projects for the first time at Suwannee.
Samskara - 360 Dome Projection
Samskara is a beautiful combination of Android Jones' artwork and imagination, featuring a specially synched Tipper soundtrack, with panoramic projection mapping, fulldome and VR oculus projection.
Microdose VR is Virtual Reality software produced for the PC virtual reality gaming market, for use on devices such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with touch controllers. Entirely driven by user-interaction, Microdose puts the power of art expression in the hands of the player, transporting you into a purely imaginal world of intoxicating shapes and colors. Like magic, players can spontaneously create an immersive animated world right before their eyes Microdose VR is developed and produced by Android Jones, Anson Phong, and Scott Hedstrom.
More about AndroiD
Android Jones began studying art at age 8. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL, where he trained in traditional academic drawing/painting and animation. Jones interned at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic and later founded Massive Black, an art development company based in LA. Android began his career as an Independent Artist in 2005. He now lives in his home town of Lyons, maintaining a large art studio in a repurposed barn.
Best described as a "digital painter," Jones has created an immense body of work. He has become well known for his many layered, psychedelic works and live performances using a custom built digital set up. He participated in the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour and his work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. A long time member of the Burning Man community, Android has traveled the world exhibiting his work and has contributed to events on 6 continents.
At the center of Jones' work is spirituality and altered states of consciousness. Describing his work as Electro-Mineralism, Jones attributes his ability to create to the wonders of technology, crediting the planet's resources for advancements in art production. Manipulating light and energy, Android Jones captures complex concepts while utilizing his formal background in the arts. Described as a digital alchemist, he is determined to alter the viewer's perception, pushing the boundaries of the imagination through the use of innovative media forms.