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Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen’s work involves the systematic transformation of readymade objects and images. He is interested in making by reducing and removing, and in the controlled collapse of existing objects as a method of production and reactivation. His sculptures begin as relics of another time: 19th century marble statues and busts that he re-carves into disjointed, destabilised versions of their original selves.

Owen’s Eraser Drawings – made using found book pages – can be considered as carvings in two dimensions. Most recently these have been drawn from publications of cinema history; film-stills, portraits of stars or documentary images on-set. Gradually removing ink from the surface of the page, he erases the foreground figures, reshaping them into inanimate details of the scenes they once inhabited.

In March 2014, Ingleby Gallery hosted a major solo exhibition of Owen’s eraser drawings and sculptural work and from June 2014 to January 2015 Owen exhibited work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art as part of the nationwide series of exhibitions GENERATION. Owen’s solo exhibition at Ingleby Gallery in August 2016 accompanied his public artwork for the nearby Burns Monument, commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival 2016. This Untitled marble nymph will be exhibited later in 2017 as part of the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Australia.

Owen was born in Liverpool in 1973 and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art MFA in 2000. He currently lives and works in Edinburgh.

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