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Studying Art and Design for the past seven years has opened new doors to help me discover new ways and strategies to produce the best results in my work. 

I try to use all that we have around us, as well as the power of pop culture in today’s society, to produce work with a twist. Celebrity lifestyles, persona, pop culture, news, music, and current affairs all inspire me.

I like to add a mixed media aspect into this, whether it’s by the use of videography/photography, fine art, or graphics. Previous work has included visual artwork that has been enhanced by sound to create an immersive environment. My most recent work involves using small scale and miniatures to construct a smaller scale immersive experience through someone else’s

If you have any questions regarding my work, commissions or collaborations, please contact me. jxckhxrperart@hotmail.com

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The Pansy Project

The Pansy Project was founded in Manchester by Paul Harfleet. Harfleet plants pansies at the site of homophobic abuse; he finds the nearest source of soil to where the incident occurred and generally without civic permission plants one unmarked pansy. The pansy is then documented in its location, the image is entitled after the abuse. Titles like “Let’s kill the Bati-man!” and “Fucking F*ggot!” convey the reality of LGBTQ+ experience, which often goes unreported. This simple action operates as a gesture of quiet resistance; some pansies flourish, others wilt.

Paul Harfleet began by planting pansies to mark his own experience of homophobia on the streets of Manchester UK, he now plants pansies for others both on an individual basis and as part of various festivals and events. Pansies are a flower, which have gay associations. However, the word pansy is derived from the French verb, penser, which means ‘to think’.

Here are a couple of examples of the pansies throughout the UK.

“I’m not racist, I tell jokes about poofs too” From Bernard Manning, North Pier, Blackpool
“Fucking F*ggot!” London Bridge, London
“Punched” For James Parkes, Stanley Street, Liverpool

The Pansy Project is very touching and moving. As A LGBTQ+ Artist myself, I tend to use my homophobic experience in a more satire, tounge in cheek way, but after viewing Harfleets work it has moved me to reclaim back these experiences into something more empowering for those going through or have experienced the same. It is great seeing a peaceful protest to raise awareness about such things still happening around the world and even in the UK where homosexuality is legal and celebrated.

Coming up is May 17th.

May 17 is The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Here are a couple of links if you, or someone you know is struggling with some of these heavy subjects.

LGBT FOUNDATION

Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities on sexual health, wellbeing, groups and events, Manchester.
Website https://lgbt.foundation

STONEWALL UK

Stonewall working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.
Website www.stonewall.org.uk

MESMAC

A group of sexual health, support and information projects working with Gay and Bisexual men in the region.
Website mesmac.co.uk

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Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape | Andy Holden

Andy Holden is an artist whose work includes sculpture, large installations, painting, music, performance, animation and multi-screen videos.

From 2011 until 2017 Holden worked on Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, described by The Art Newspaper as an “epic and widely acclaimed masterpiece”. The work is an hour-long animated film, narrated by the artist Andy Holden as a cartoon character, in which the world is declared to have become a cartoon, and cartoon physics is used as a way of understanding the world. The work also sees the limitless possibilities of today’s world through the prism of ten ‘motion laws’ delivered in a tone that is part-lecture, part-documentary and part-conspiracy theory. Laws such as “Everything falls faster than an anvil” and “Anybody suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation”, are mixed with Greek myths, philosophy, politics, physics and the history of animation.

Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Still)
Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Still)
Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Still)

Animation of an alternate world is something I have explored within my own practise with 3:06 AM. 3:06AM is a 2 Minute 39 Second Song alongside a hand drawn stop motion animated music video. The song and video represents the sleep cycle and the current situation we are in of Covid-19, only seeing a loved one within dreams until the dream switches to something else. Something Scary. The Sound is designed to be heard with both ears to create an immersive experience and play with your senses of not knowing where the vocals and sounds are coming from. It will work best with earphones or headphones. The video sticks to a very consistent style of animation and illustration throughout the video, edited for a dream like but abstract feel.

WARNING: Strobe Lights, Arachnophobia and Trypophobia

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Mike Kelley | Artist Research

Mike Kelley was an American artist regarded as one of the most influential members of the Conceptual Art movement. Kelley’s work was often both playful and grotesque, using found objects like stuffed animals, knickknacks, and child-like drawings. This evoked the audience of the feeling of the unknown. Something similar to the work I create for an audience reaction or the small details featured within my work. Whether the blurred lines between censorship or homosexual erotica, and the murder mystery of ‘Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation.’

 “I think they’re really standardized kinds of repressed things in the culture— embarrassing things, like sexual dysfunction and the scatological,” he once said of his subject matter.

The Trajectory of Light in Plato’s Cave
1985/1986

The Trajectory of Light in Plato’s Cave is an immersive interactive exhibition exploring the human body. On entry, as it is a cave, one must crawl through a paper mache entry and be welcomed by a view of the image above. Then one has to pass through a curtain with a vertical red slit, like the opening of a vagina. Opposite of this are two other pictures hung. In one of them we can see an impression of Kelley’s body, in the other images that look like a Rorschach test. On the opposite side to the entrance, a fake fireplace raised up like an altar; at the sides large sheets of coloured material that might recall Mark Rothko. The colour of each one corresponds to the colour of a bodily fluid: excrement, urine, semen, blood.

Kelley calls into question the seriousness with which art, knowledge and politics. More than that, physicality overpowers everything: themes of sex are constantly present within this, metaphorically, in bodily fluids, in figures from psychoanalysis and, of course in the vagina that we have to go through to enter the cave.

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Guy Oliver | Artist Research

Guy Oliver was born in London, 1982. Oliver currently lives and works in Margate. Oliver’s practice within the arts features video as well as text, painting, collage and performance.

‘And You Thought I Was Bad?’ was a solo exhibition in 2018, London. Oliver researches and portrays artwork exploring themes of the relationship between comedy and tragedy within contemporary popular culture.

Oliver’s single-screen projection, And You Thought I was Bad, is surrounded by three wall-based works, paintings with accumulations of objects now associated with the 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout the video, the artist takes on the role of a TV host or arts reporter, leading the audience through a storyline that tells a story of his protest t-shirt project and its inability to actually happen. The film cuts to a quick montage of news clips from the time, including Michael Jackson, Hurricane Katrina, Osama Bin Laden’s arrest, and George W. Bush. Is Oliver’s ideas as bad as what these people did?

Pop Culture and the satire humour is something I have previously explored within my work from Censorship Sucks (2019), 03:06am (2020) and Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation (2021).

Oliver explores American Presidential figures, the cultural importance of Johnny Cash, and how the history of his own life has become entangled with recent socio-political global events, charting the surreal links between art and modern politics through a sort of mangled personal nostalgia.

Check out more of Guy Oliver and his work via the link!

Guy Oliver, And You Thought I Was Bad? Installation view, Zabludowicz Collection Invites solo exhibition, London. Courtesy the artist and Zabludowicz Collection. Photo Tim Bowditch
Guy Oliver, And You Thought I Was Bad?, 2018 (still)
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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The shed. A decrepit monument to this man’s twisted secrets. If you were to call this man an artist then this shed would be his studio, although I doubt many would argue that this man’s morbid obsession could be classed as art.

The miasma of rot and decay clung to the dilapidated wood that made up the walls and floorboards, in a way it reminded me of the attic but without the turpentine and paint to mask the horrid stench.

The ground was stained a dark crimson that matched the dried flecks of red that soiled the tools on the workbench. A map detailing missing people from the local area who would never be found again. The shelves adorned with trophies from his victims making this garden shed feel like this man’s monument to his inhumanity.

This was the only space that reflected who this man truly was, his work and home a mere disguise in order for him to indulge his perverted and twisted tendencies. A man who has committed so much horror but still wanted to live a quiet life.

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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The house. A three-story high building with an open attic space. Much like the office cubicle there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary with this man’s residence. Simple almost bare décor save a few photographs hung on the walls.

Apart from odd pieces of kitchenware, food, and toiletries you could assume this place might be uninhabited. However, the signs of life were there. A messy kitchen sink, a bathroom that had been in use and a bed that looked like it had been slept in recently.

Venturing into the attic I was greeted by an overpowering smell of acrylic paint and turpentine as well as another scent of something that may have been decaying although it was impossible to tell due to the chemical scent in the air.

It seems that the inhabitant of this house has a fondness for art as it seems there are some paintings that he has been working on in his spare time up in the attic. I feel this artistic flair was also confirmed by the disturbing message he seems to have painted in lipstick on the mirror in his bathroom.

However, this pales in comparison to the horrors I would discover when I went into the backyard.

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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The office. A mundane workplace. There seemed to be nothing unusual from the outset, hard to believe that anyone who worked here would be of any great interest to anyone.

At least that was my initial thought as I searched through his cubicle. When asking his co-workers about what it was like to work with him, they too found it hard to recall anything noteworthy. They were of course aware of his presence at the office, but the feeling seemed to be that he made very little impact.

He was a hard worker but certainly not the best they had. He wasn’t an anti-social co-worker, yet they said he could be quite cold and neutral. They even found it hard to recollect what he even looked like.

Looking over his desk again I found nothing interesting, it seemed very clean and tidy, almost clinical in a way. That did seem odd as this man had made no effort to personalize their space in any way almost as if they didn’t want to leave an impression.

The only evidence there seemed to be of any sort of person inhabiting this workspace were some post it notes filled with reminders and a picture of what seems to be a home.

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Bein Art Gallery

Bein Art Gallery recently featured a miniature art exhibition on their website with miniature artworks able to be bought from a plethora of many different artists.

Bein Art Gallery described the exhibition which ran from 8th to the 25th of March, “the magic is in the invitation extended to the viewer to reimagine the world on an entirely different scale, one in which even Thumbelina might be considered a giant.”

The show was co-curated by master miniaturist Joshua Smith, who has built sculptures of urban decay, made principally of cardboard, fibre and paint and been shown internationally.

Here are a few selections of the artwork which were featured:

Vildan Hoşbak – “Toilet”- mixed media, scratch built
Joshua Smith – “68 Bolesława Limanowskiego”- scratch built miniature made from MDF, balsa wood, styrene, plaster, wire, acrylic paint, weathering pigment
Steve Casino – “Beatle Breath”- polymer clay, acrylics and Tic Tac container
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Rhythm 0 | Marina Abramović

Between 1973-1974, Abramović performed five pieces in which she tested the mental and physical limitations of her own body. This series of performances, called “Rhythms,” represent Abramović’s turn away from more traditional media of painting or drawing, to instead focus on the use of her own body as art. Today I will be looking at Rhythm 0.

In 1974, Abramovic exhibited Rhythm 0. Abramović had a long table in front of her made up of 72 items spread out with a white tablecloth. The items on the table included a gun and bullet, roses, lipstick, an axe, an apple, and perfume, to name a few.

Alongside, laid instructions which explained ‘There are 72 objects on the table that one can use on me… I am the object. During this period, I take full responsibility’

For six hours, Abramovic subjected herself to the visitors, which allowed the public to do as they pleased to her.

Abramović said that at first visitors were peaceful and shy, but quickly became violent: ′′The experience I learned was that… if you leave the decision to the public, you might be killed… I felt very violated. They cut my clothes, put rose thorns in my belly, one person pointed the gun at my head, and another pulled the gun out close. This created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I got up and started walking towards the public. Everyone ran away, escaping from a real confrontation.“

The impact this exhibition and meaning had and still has to this day is so influential on the art scene in today’s society. Exploring the capacity of a human to embody the mental processes of conceptual art. The significance of Rhythm 0 represented and influenced artwork today showing how the body is used to reveal hidden meanings and trauma is presented as a form of sculptural language.