Jordan Rountree’s studio practice uses Surrealist literary techniques to produce texts, music, illustrations, light and video installations, and performances. His work explores the edges of performance itself, over-reliance on social masks, and feelings of severance from nature.
He started acting on the public stage at the age of eleven, first on the Parisian theater boat la Péniche Opéra, then in museums, galleries, and nightclubs throughout his teenage years. While studying in high school in Japan, Rountree attended Noh performances for the first time and later based his practice on this form, embracing its minimalist style and use of drama, music, and dance. He has since appeared in national theaters and avant-garde spaces in Europe, including the Théâtre de la Bastille and the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, as well as the Ballhaus Ost in Berlin. He has also directed workshops at the Espace Van Gogh in Arles and been a resident artist at the Château Orquevaux where he was awarded the Denis Diderot grant.
Jordan Rountree is exhibited by Baert Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, and is based in Los Angeles and Paris.
Jordan RountreeCHTHONIC ARCHIVE n°4: Baby, 2022Live performance, sound and video installation
Jordan RountreeCHTHONIC ARCHIVE n°3: Orpheus at the movies, 2019Live performance, sound and video installation
Jordan RountreeCHTHONIC ARCHIVE n°2: Falling Man, 2019Live performance, sound and video installation