Safety at Sea
05 - 13 April 2019, Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 6pm
Preview Thursday 4th April 2019 6 - 8 pm
Jo Hummel's work is characterised by a painted and paper collaged surface on which she employs spontaneous variations of space, colour and form. The hard edged dividing lines, repeated systems and pinned stacks which make up Safety at Sea are borrowed from the geography which she documents at the coastline near her studio on the Isle of Wight. For her the junction where the sea meets land is critical as both a metaphor for the dichotomy of human consciousness and a quiet place for consolation.
When considered briefly her work appears to be a purely physically-engaged and materially driven, however this is but a fraction of the story. The context is purposefully anthropological and Hummel’s works are informed by human habits and behaviour, with a particular interest in determinism and freewill just as much as formal concerns. The nature of collage is that throughout its creation a work is in constant flux. The artist must negotiate the canvas by rearranging, choosing and adjusting, often over long periods and having explored hundreds, even thousands of the infinite possible outcomes. In this way the creative process itself is as significant as the final outcome. Hummel explores the unpredictable nature of intuition and spontaneity - her practice functioning as a simulation of decision making experiences which enable her to grasp, and make use of sensations such as anxiety or serenity.
And it is via these conflicting emotional states of comfort, satisfaction, anxiousness, repulsion and so on that Hummel is able to tap into the ubiquitously felt state of human uncertainty. The social structures we all exist in guide and interfere with how we feel and what we choose to do on a daily basis. Our social class, religion, gender and ethnicity all play a part in what we deem pleasant or unpleasant and just as we turn toward pre determined structures around us for guidance and support, so Hummel returns time and again to her native coastline as a starting point and a repeated base structure from which to build her images.
Jo Hummel graduated from Royal College of Art London (2006) . Solo exhibitions include Artist in Residence, Saatchi Art Lounge, during Frieze Week London (2017), Panic of the Human Fancy, Aspex Guildhall Gallery Portsmouth (2014), Pocket Museum, The Lightbox, Woking (2012) . Curated group exhibitions include Sid Motion Gallery, London (2016 -2019), Unrestricted, &Gallery, Edinburgh (2019), Eight from Nyne, 45 Park Lane, London Curated by After Nyne Gallery and Lily Ackerman (2018). Selected juried exhibitions include RA Summer Exhibition, London (2014), Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2012) and satellite exhibition Afternoon Tea at the 53rd Venice Biennale with WW Gallery London ( 2011) and London Art Fair 2019. Joanne was long listed forthe Beers London Contemporary Visions exhibition and John Moores Painting Prize 2018, and also in recent years received a number of Arts Council Grants for the Arts awards for temporary installations and research residencies. Works by Jo Hummel are included in both public and private collections and she has a growing international collector base. Her work was featured in the Observer newspaper in an article titled ‘‘Next Generation turns its back on Emin and Hirst’s conceptual artworks’ May 2011, and ‘Picking up a Picasso is one click away’ in the Times August 2013.
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