JO RAY

Artist statement

I am curious about how we value, occupy and dream about space, both physical and imaginary. A playful examination of urban, rural and domestic space has always been intrinsic to my practice. The situations i initiate and objects i make seek to heighten the relationship between the viewer and the viewed, the self and 'elsewhere' or 'other'. Offering adapted views, a shift in scale or a direct intervention, my intention is to invite a closer inspection or interaction. Romanticism, notions of omniscient perspective, surveillance, ownership and virtual space all inform my practice, and i hope to examine these conventions. I'm intrigued by unresolved desire for idealised, even mythological spaces and states, and the potential for wonder or disappointment in any given experience.

 

Public realm

2010 Project Artist; Barrow x Design, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria

2010 Design Charrette Facilitator, ARC architecture centre, Hull

 

Qualifications and training

2002 MFA Fine Art, Slade school of art, UCL, London

2000 BA Hons Fine Art, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull

 

Solo exhibitions

2009 My Spectacles, Durham Art Gallery, Aykley Heads, Durham

2007 err...orr..., MXXXII Gallery, Leeds

 

Group exhibitions

2010 You Future Needs You, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria

2004 STUFT, Red Gallery, Hull

2003 ARTfutures, The Contemporary Art Society, City of London School

 

Curated projects

2012 Spoken For, The 5x5 Project, Washington DC

2009 Broken Watch, northcabin, Bristol, UK

Intervention

2006 'Hide', Bookville publishathon, Hull Art Lab, various locations, Hull city centre

Artist talks

2009 Artists Talk, Xsite Architecture, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2009 Artists Talk, Spike Island, Bristol

2008 Visiting Artist lecture, University of Cumbria, Carlisle

2006 Visiting Artist lecture, BA hons Fine Art course, Leeds Met University

 

Workshops

2010 Small Change - public realm interventions, ARC architecture centre, Hull

Residencies

2011 South Shields Seafront Interpretation and Engagement, Grit & Pearl, South Shields

2010 Creative Residency, Xsite Architecture, Newcastle

2008 Artist in Residence: The Final Frontier (Rednile Projects), Riverside Park, Gateshead

2008 Open Studios Residency, Skolska 28, Prague

2003 AA2A Artists Access to Artschools, University of Lincoln, Hull

 

Public commissions

2012 Spoken For, The 5x5 Project, Washington DC

2011 A Common Treasury, Grit & Pearl / South Tyneside Council, South Shields Seafront

2009 Broken Watch, northcabin, Bristol, UK

2009 Stand By, Rednile Projects / Gateshead Council, Gateshead Riverside Park

2006 Turn over (animation for mutascope), Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Northumberland