Charlie Hammond and Jonathan Owen
25th August to 9th December 2011
Launched during the Edinburgh Art Festival, this installation consisted of new sculptures by Jonathan Owen and Charlie Hammond as well as a series of collaborative new screenprints. Both artists have been known to change the appearance of objects around them and use dark humour and absurdity in their work. Because of this balance of contrasts and shared concerns, this was a fascinating and playful exhibition.
Recent sculptural work by Jonathan Owen has seen his carving skills completely transform domestic objects - coat stands and coat hooks from Habitat, nutcrackers and touristic ornaments have been delicately carved into whilst retaining the original structure.
Jonathan Owen specialises in a kind of elegant vandalism. By reducing his subjects he delicately examines the essential qualities of an object or image, transforming their entire meaning and presenting the viewer with the curiously unexpected.
Jonathan Owen has exhibited widely within the UK and also recently in Melbourne and Warsaw. His work is included in collections of the Henry Moore Foundation, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Paisley Art Gallery. He lives and works in Edinburgh.
In Charlie Hammond's paintings and sculptures a dysfunctional suburbia of broken wheelie bins, ring roads, and exploding vehicles provide the satirical backdrop to a disturbingly familiar world in which progress is measured out by polite discussion on Radio 4. Hammond's universe subjects the advocates of improvement schemes to a cartoon buffoonery, rendering them both ridiculous and pitiful.
Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2002 Charlie Hammond has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in many significant galleries world-wide including one-person shows in Miami Beach, Los Angeles and New York. He is represented by Sorcha Dallas Gallery and lives and works in Glasgow.
The exhibition toured throughout Scotland with areas visited including the Highlands, Scottish Borders, Ayrshire and the Lothians.