Approved: 13.08.2011

Jo Coupe

Approved: 13.08.2011

I create works with a sculptural sensibility in a wide variety of media, from photography to installation, video and objects.
My work revels in the transience of life, seeks out poetry in the ordinary and draws attention to complex cycles of growth and decay. My eclectic interests, from jewellery to fungi unite, producing fantastic creations, which highlight the process of degeneration.
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  • Location: Gateshead, North East
 

Biography

I create works with a sculptural sensibility in a wide variety of media, from photography to installation, video and objects. My work revels in the transience of life, seeks out poetry in the ordinary and draws attention to complex cycles of growth and decay. My eclectic interests, from jewellery to fungi unite, producing fantastic creations, which highlight the process of degeneration. Time often plays a central role; some pieces evolve over the course of an exhibition, exploiting the shifting, ephemeral nature of materials such as honey, fruit, fungus and chalk. Others pieces emphasise the process of decay by freezing it, transforming tiny weeds into fragile metal casts. My most recent work exploits the aesthetics and methodology of Science, adapting simple experiments for their metaphorical significance and subverting half-understood scientific ideas. This work combines elements of the school science experiment, alchemy, stage illusion and continues my fascination with decay. Through this body of work, I aim to explore our need for wonder and magic in the face of the rational.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, UK 1998 - BA Fine Art, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 1993 - Foundation Art and Design, Newcastle under Lyme College, Newcastle under Lyme Solo exhibitions 2010 - Crystalline Energy, Rio Tinto Alcan Lynemouth Smelter, Ashington, UK 2009 - Fade Away and Radiate, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK 2006 - Electroasis, Station, Bristol 2006 - Give and Take, Firstsite, Colchester Group exhibitions 2012 - Pertaining to things Natural, Chelsea Physic Garden, London, UK 2011 - A distance between two points, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK 2011 - Cloud Chamber, Gallery of Wonder, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 2011 - Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK 2008 - All my favourite singers couldn’t sing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK 2008 - Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire, UK 2008 - Tomorrow the future, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK 2007 - An Archaeology, Project space 176, London, UK 2006 - Blue Star, Red Wedge, Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK 2006 - Repatriating the Ark, Museum of Garden History, London, UK 2006 - You shall know our Velocity, BALTIC, Gateshead, UK 2005 - Art Caucasus, National Art Center, Tblisi, Georgia 2005 - Emergency2, Aspex, Portsmouth, UK 2005 - Everything Must Go, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK 2005 - Mobile, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK 2005 - There is no more butter, Station, Bristol, UK 2004 - Revenge of Romance Revenge of Rom , Temporary Contemporary, London, UK 2004 - Yesvember, House Gallery, London, UK 2002 - Hothouse (part of Grizedale Live), Grizedale Arts, Ambleside, umbria 2000 - Engaged, Site-specific work in toilets, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 2000 - Pattern Transfer (Collaboration with Tanya Axford), Waygood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 2000 - Small Battles , Mackie Mayor building, Manchester, UK 2000 - Study and Stay, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 2000 - Stuffed, Hancock Natural History Museum,, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 1999 - Great Dutch Painting (commission in response to the exhibition), Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK 1999 - VANE Export, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden Residencies 2009 - Artist in Residence, Rio Tinto Alcan, UK 2007 - Artist in Residence, Fermynwoods Country Park, Northamptonshire 2002 - Artist in Residence, Grizedale Forest, Ambleside, Cumbria Public commissions 2010 - Crystalline Energy - temporary commission , Rio Tinto Alcan Lynemouth Smelter, Northumberland 2008 - Rarified - commission for Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire, UK 2006 - Sarracenia Purpurea - Temporary commission for 'Repatriating the Ark' , Museum of Garden History, London, UK 2002 - Hothouse. Semi-permanent commission , Grizedale Arts, Ambleside, Cumbria 2002 - Uprooted - Permanent commission , Inland Revenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 2001 - Fruitbody - Temporary commission, Locus +, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Northern Art Prize (nominee), Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK 2008 - Bacon Prize, 101 Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 2002 - Chrisi Bailey Award for education in creative photography, Arts Council of England, UK 1998 - Study and Stay Graduate Bursary, Northern Arts, UK Publications 2011 - A distance between two points, Airspace Gallery (exhibition catalogue) 2010 - 2010 Crystalline Energy, Rio Tinto Alcan (exhibition catalogue) 2008 - Tatton Park Biennial (exhibition catalogue) 2007 - An Archaeology, Project Space 176 (exhibition catalogue) 2006 - Give and Take (exhibition catalogue) 2006 - Repatriating the Ark (exhibition catalogue) 2002 - camp, published by Grizedale books 2000 - Engaged (exhibition catalogue)