Approved: 12.08.2013

Ben Jack Nash

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Approved: 12.08.2013

Ben Jack Nash is an installation artist working in smaller formats but also site specific architectural interventions and commissions. Born in North West London, 1978. He initially qualified into legal aid law representing prisoners, asylum seekers, mental health patients and others on society's margins. Recent solo shows have been held in Germany (2014) and France (2013). Group shows have included the Venice Arsenale (2016), York St. Mary's (2013), The Wilson Contemporary, Cheltenham (2015) and Bronden Strand Cultural Centre, Copenhagen (2012). The significance of his practise is recognised and shown by established industry figures such as Miguel Amado (MIMA) Richard Deacon, Richard Wentworth and Yinka Shonibare. He has been selected for a number of art prizes including Arte Laguna, Aesthetica Magazine and Cologne art fair's Bloom Award.

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    Ben Jack Nash is an installation artist working in smaller formats but also site specific architectural interventions and commissions. Born in North West London, 1978. He initially qualified into legal aid law representing prisoners, asylum seekers, mental health patients and others on society's margins. Recent solo shows have been held in Germany (2014) and France (2013). Group shows have included the Venice Arsenale (2016), York St. Mary's (2013), The Wilson Contemporary, Cheltenham (2015) and Bronden Strand Cultural Centre, Copenhagen (2012). The significance of his practise is recognised and shown by established industry figures such as Miguel Amado (MIMA) Richard Deacon, Richard Wentworth and Yinka Shonibare. He has been selected for a number of art prizes including Arte Laguna, Aesthetica Magazine and Cologne art fair's Bloom Award.

    He how parts which make up our social architecture behave like the parts which make up physical architecture. Earlier work hones in on molten, gooey and abstract states of an economic collapse (‘[ ]~ No. 1’, 2009), ecological disasters (‘[ ]~ No. 7’, 2012), religious turmoil (‘[ ]~ No. 6’, 2012) or digimania (‘[ ]~ No. 8’, 2014). A fragmented physical state less restricted by space, he suggests, greases the wheels for social transformation, effectively sculpting the landscape of history from form to form.

    More recent work draws attention to overlapping moments where these transformations take place in material or in society. Their detection is difficult, they possesses a mysterious nature, hidden away below the radar. He invites us to rely on impressions, fossils or ghosts left behind to deduce and imagine the original source. These might be inferences drawn from by-products, paraphernalia, residue or what lies on either side of the overlap.

     

    CV & Education

    QUALIFICATIONS

    2003  MA University of Nottingham

    2002  MA, Science-Po, Lille, France

    2001  BA Manchester Metropolitan University

     

    SOLO EXHBITIONS

    2014  Standby, Gallery Zwingenberg, Darmstadt, Germany

    2013  Kayserguet, Pavillion Henri-Louis Kayser, Strasbourg

    2012  Sculpted Colour, Galerie Planet Theatre, Strasbourg

    2011  Young Artists, Galerie Quédar, Strasbourg

     

    COMMISSIONS

    2013  Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea Old Town Hall, sculpture installation for launch of the ‘Nour’ festival of arts

    2013  St. Albans, Herfordshire, private site specific sculpture commission

    2012  Published book cover commission, ‘The Islamic Veil in Legal Discourse’ , Routledge publishers (UK)

    2011 Jersey, New York, site specific wall sculpture (private)

    2010  De Broutelles residence, Strasbourg, France, site specific wall installation (private)

    2009  The Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, site specific permanent wall installation

    2008  Speak-it Productions, office headquarters, London, (private)

     

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBTIONS

    2016  Arte Laguna, Arsenale, Venice

    2015  Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London

    2015  The Open West, Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham

    2014  [In]Visible, Shape Gallery, London

    2014  Wells Art Contempoary, Somerset (selected by Richard Wentworth)

    2014  Verve Sculpture Prize, Loud and Western, London

    2013  Je crise, Jarny Cultural Centre, France

    2013  Showcase, Nesta headquarters, London

    2013  Aesthetica, York St. Mary’s Gallery, York

    2013  Borders, The Arts Complex Gallery, Edinburgh

    2012  Liquid Cities, Gallery Scoletta di San Giovanni Battista, Venice

    2012  Global Village, Bronden Cultural Centre, Copenhagen

    2012  Backlash, Soho20 Gallery, New York

    2012  Group Show, Hotel Ripa, Rome

    2012  Kodina, Arbeit Gallery, London

    2012  Global Village, Château de Sully, Borgogne, France

    2012  Global Village, Projekt  72 Gallery, Alkmaar, Netherlands

    2012  Group Show, Gallery Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice

    2011  La Place des Arts, Place Brogolie, Strasbourg

    2010  Les Ateliers Ouverts, Strasbourg

    2010  Rekult, Bucholtz-Ettinger, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg

    2009  SIHRG, Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London

     

    AWARDS

    2016 10th Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice arsenale, Italy, finalist

    2016 IEAA, Dubai, shortlist

    2015  Bloom Award, Art.Cologne art fair, Germany, shortlist

    2015  Xerxes Sculpture Prize, Sepentine Gallery, London, finalist

    2014  Shape Open, shortlist

    2014  Wells Art Contempoary, shortlist

    2014  Verve Sculpture Prize, runner-up

    2013  Aesthetica Art Prize, sculpture and installation, (finalist)

    2012  Aesthetica Art Prize, sculpture and installation, (finalist)

    2011  1st Prize, Emerging Artists, Galerie Quédar, Strasbourg, France

    2010  Gallerie Bertrand Gillig, Strasbourg, Rotary Art Prize, (finalist)

    2008  Residence, Atelier 26, Strasbourg, France

     

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The Anthology 2013, ‘100 Contemporary Artists’, Aesthetica magazine

    Aesthetica Magazine, Issue 51 (February/ March)

    Aesthetica Magazine, interview for online version

    Creative Works Annual 2012, Aesthetica Magazine

    Routledge Publishers (UK)

    Derniers Nouvelles d’Alsace, Strasbourg