Jon Fawcett: Hearts and Minds
2 July – 14 August 2010
The works of artist Jon Fawcett exhibited in the Blade Galleries are a series that test the interfaces between the boundaries of artistic production, dissemination and reception. The inventory of materials used in his works reads like a crossword puzzle made from the remains of the remixed narratives of JG Ballard and Philip K Dick. In a near future moment; an artist wakes in a lucid dream. His ideas have become avatars in a work of art sponsored by the CIA. The viewer is invited into this liminal space to unravel the threads and read blogs posted by others who have had supernatural experiences.
Fawcett’s use of extensive research into tropes of conspiracy and media cults have allowed him to bring into focus the fuzzy logic of new age mysticism that is proliferating in the era of networked consciousness. His sculptures, video and performances exude a menacing technical precision and seduce with a spectrum of alluring colours but these are aesthetic camouflage to cloak ideas that question the nature of the mediated reality or as the artist says, ‘ a fabric of contemporary mythologies.’
In this delicate weave in which ephemeral ideas become locked into the history of material technologies from surveillance drones to kevlar weave, the artist uses strategies that simulate those which have become common in the uncanny world in which we live, paralleling activities such as business, politics and war, and operating on a dispersed, global scale.
Fawcett’s work has been commissioned by the ICA (London), Wysing Arts (Cambridge), the Bonnington Gallery (Nottingham), Hull Time Based Arts (Hull), Fierce! (Birmingham), Harringwoods Associates (London), the Triskel Gallery (Cork, Ireland), Liveartmagazine (Nottingham and London), the National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), the Expo Festival (Nottingham), the Back Up Festival (Germany), and the Anti Festival (Finland).
Fawcett has held solo exhibitions at the Space Station Sixty Five Gallery (London), the Elastic Residence Gallery (London) and the Inner Spaces Centre for Contemporary Art (Poland). Group shows include the Chisenhale (London), the Arts Gallery (London), Alma Enterprises (London), the Central House of Artists (Moscow) and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Catania, Italy). He has undertaken residencies at HIAP (Helsinki), Coed Hills Rural Artspace (Cardiff, Wales) and the Inner Spaces Centre for Contemporary Art (Poznan, Poland). Fawcett completed a BA in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts in 2001, and an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts in 2007.
Galleries open Tuesday – Saturday 12-6pm. Free entry
Jon Fawcett ‘Hearts and Minds’ Video still, courtesy of the artist