Approved: 14.04.2014

Jake Francis

Artist, Critic, Event organiser, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 14.04.2014

Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘art’ and its institutions in society, he unashamedly exploits the cliches and tropes associated, using them as signposts to negotiate his way through art’s gilded corridors. By using ready-made objects and appropriated imagery, his work toys with preconceived structures

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    Artist Statement

    Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘art’ and its institutions in society, he unashamedly exploits the cliches and tropes associated, using them as signposts to negotiate his way through art’s gilded corridors. By using ready-made objects and appropriated imagery, his work toys with preconceived structures and endeavours to reconcile personal, social, and trivial issues with simultaneous wit and purposeful ignorance. Reassessing the established totems of domestic and cultural significance, Jake offers the viewer ‘semi-recognisable’ souvenirs of his enigmatic play and productive resentment; a disparate befuddling of sculpture, installation, and collage. By analysing the stereotypes of art as ‘freedom’ and artist as the ‘misunderstood romantic’, Jake reduces high culture down into a set of mere visual quips; a homage to the world it continuously mocks. It is within this middle ground of aesthetic folly and degradation that the artist’s existential aggravation is transformed into brief moments of cathartic relief; a Devil’s advocate with a slim silver lining. In short, Jake Francis is perhaps best placed as the classic playground bully - pulling on the pigtails of the girl he, quite ashamedly, has a soft spot for.

    CV & Education

    Jake Francis

    Artist’s CV, 2019

    7th August 1992

    Brighton, UK

    Web: jakefrancisart.com / Email: faffiestchatter@gmail.com

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    Artist statement:

    Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘art’ and its institutions in society, he unashamedly exploits the cliches and tropes associated, using them as signposts to negotiate his way through art’s gilded corridors. By using ready-made objects and appropriated imagery, his work toys with preconceived structures and endeavours to reconcile personal, social, and trivial issues with simultaneous wit and purposeful ignorance. Reassessing the established totems of domestic and cultural significance, Jake offers the viewer ‘semi-recognisable’ souvenirs of his enigmatic play and productive resentment; a disparate befuddling of sculpture, installation, and collage. By analysing the stereotypes of art as ‘freedom’ and artist as the ‘misunderstood romantic’, Jake reduces high culture down into a set of mere visual quips; a homage to the world it continuously mocks. It is within this middle ground of aesthetic folly and degradation that the artist’s existential aggravation is transformed into brief moments of cathartic relief; a Devil’s advocate with a slim silver lining. In short, Jake Francis is perhaps best placed as the classic playground bully - pulling on the pigtails of the girl he, quite ashamedly, has a soft spot for.

     

    Education:

    Norwich University of the Arts - BA Fine Art (Including Year 0 foundation)

    2010 - 2014

    Grade obtained: 2:1 w/ commendations

     

    The University of Brighton - MA Fine Art

    2017 - 2019

    Expected grade: 2:1

     

    Selected group exhibitions:

    “Artist Statement #4” CICA Museum, South Korea. May 9th - 25th 2019

    "Where are you in these interesting times?" Air Gallery, Atrincham. November 2nd - 9th 2018

    "The Republic of Brexitopia" The Espacio gallery, Shoreditch, London. 4th - 16th September 2017

    "Points of View" The Lazy Susan Gallery, Manhattan NY, USA. 22nd - 30th November 2016

     

    Selected solo exhibitions:

    "Flutter" ThirteenA, St.Augustines street, Norwich. December 23rd - 28th 2018

    "Inadaquate" Handforth Station gallery, Greater Manchester. July 19th 2016 - October 19th 2016

    "Whores Box" Public art display, Mendlesham, Suffolk. May 1st 2016

    "Repugnant" The Norman Rea Gallery, University of York. May 5th-16th 2014

     

    Selected texts & articles:

    The Verse (2018) Interview: Grayson Perry & Jake Francis. (Student newspaper)

    The Verse (2018) Interview: Anna Boghiguian & Jake Francis at Artes Mundi 8, Cardiff. (Student newspaper)

    Francis, Jake (2015) Faff-ier : An ‘art’ practice 2014 - 2015 (Self published)

    Fijalkowski, Dr. Krzysztof & Francis, Jake (2014) Repugnant: exhibition text and guide. (Self published)

     

    Selected features:

    “Quotes” (2019) Strawlitter Productions, UK. - Contributing artist and writer (limited publication

    Axis Web: #fivetowatch - December 2014, March 2018 - featured artist

    Art Reveal Magazine (November/December 2016 edition) - Interview and artist feature

    Lushington, Jake (2015) Nipple Jesus [short film] - contributing artist

     

    Job/ volunteering roles

     

    Fabrica Art Gallery, Brighton, UK.

    2018 - present

    Research correspondent, ‘Respond Magazine’ team member / contributor, and front of house volunteer

     

    The Verse: University of Brighton’s official newspaper, Brighton, UK

    2017 - present

    Arts correspondent, critic, and interviewer

     

    The Clunker: An art vending machine with ‘loose’ morals

    2017 - present

    Co-creator and co-organiser/curator (touring exhibition opportunity)

     

    St.Elizabeth’s Centre for special needs education, Much Hadham, UK.

    2015 - 2017

    Learning Support Assistant - Arts & Humanities specialist

     

    Camp Emerson - Hinsdale, MA, USA (seasonal)

    2012 - Specialist arts teacher and councillor

    2013 - Specialist arts teacher, councillor, and photo marketer.

    2014 - Specialist arts teacher, photo marketer, and special events organiser.

    2015 - Art director and head of visual arts curriculum

     

    Norwich University of the Arts - Norwich, UK.

    2011 - 2013 - Peer Assistant Learner (PAL)

    2012 - 2014 - Student Ambassador (Fine Art)

    2013 - 2014 - ‘BEYOND Magazine’ Alumni Marketer/data processor & feature writer