Name: Jonathon Keats
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Title and description of work: “Field Recording of One Dollar Deflating for One Minute at a -1.4% Inflation Rate”
Jonathon Keats is a conceptual artist, fabulist, and critic residing in San Francisco, California, USA. Most recently he choreographed the first ballet for honeybees at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has also exhibited extraterrestrial abstract artwork at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, unveiled a prototype ouija voting booth for the 2008 election at the Berkeley Art Museum, attempted to genetically engineer God in a petri dish in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, opened the world’s first porn theater for houseplants in Bozeman, Montana, and petitioned Berkeley to pass a fundamental law of logic, a work commissioned by the city’s annual Arts Festival. His projects have been internationally documented by PBS, NPR, and the BBC World Service, garnering favorable attention in periodicals ranging from The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, to Nature and New Scientist, to Flash Art and ArtUS. Additionally, Keats
serves as the art critic for San Francisco Magazine and as a columnist for both Artweek and Wired Magazine. He’s the author of two novels and an award-winning collection of stories recently published by Random House, as well as museum catalogue essays, monographs, and artist’s books, and he is currently writing a book on linguistics for Oxford University Press. Since graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1994, he has been a visiting artist at California and Montana State Universities, and a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the recipient of Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships. He has exhibited in festivals and at galleries internationally and is represented by Modernism Inc. in San Francisco.