Approved: 14.04.2014

Jake Francis

Artist, Critic, Event organiser, Writer

Approved: 14.04.2014

Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘artist’ and it’s institutions, Jake inevitably relies on it’s cliches and tropes to make work and progress through its gilded halls - acutely aware of the hypocrisies associated in the process. By toying with preconceived structures, the artist attempts to reconvene both social and trivial issues with simultaneous wit and intentional ignorance. 

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    Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘artist’ and it’s institutions, Jake inevitably relies on it’s cliches and tropes to make work and progress through its gilded halls - acutely aware of the hypocrisies associated in the process. By toying with preconceived structures, the artist attempts to reconvene both social and trivial issues with simultaneous wit and intentional ignorance. 

    Breaking the cardinal rule of using art for entertainment, Jake wishes to release art from its divine status and bring it back to the everyday, secular world. Like the modern tabloid, Jake’s practice is filled with blanket statements, flippant commentary and cheap sensationalism - carrying with it the same ethical difficulties. In a time where galleries rely on the ironic combination of inherent elitism and a scramble for visitor footfall and postcard sales, Jake’s practice is one that aims to inhabit the no-mans land that ‘art’ has been in for some time; an uncomfortable middle-man of aesthetic experience and commercial inelegance. Misrepresented as a ‘glass half empty’ sort-of artist, it’s clear that he is less skeptical of the water, but the glass itself.

    CV & Education

    Jake Francis 

    Artist’s CV, 2018

    jakefrancisart.com 

    faffiestchatter@gmail.com 

     

     

    Artist statement: 

    Through cynicism and belligerent play, Jake Francis embodies the spirit of a snake oil salesman. Begrudging the role of ‘artist’ and it’s institutions, Jake inevitably relies on it’s cliches and tropes to make work and progress through its gilded halls - acutely aware of the hypocrisies associated in the process. By toying with preconceived structures, the artist attempts to reconvene personal, social, and trivial issue with simultaneous wit and intentional ignorance. In analysing the stereotypes of art as ‘freedom’ and artist as ‘misunderstood romantic’, Jake takes his resented roles and responsibilities in petty spite and as practice motivator; an endless barrage of humour through disdain, nihilism, and discomfort. When delving into the artist’s work, it is clear that he is caught in the uncomfortable, yet common bind of contemporary ‘progression’; a begrudged purveyor of outdated skills, and an inadequacy to move into new technologies. It is within this middle ground of aesthetic folly that the artist’s aggravation slips into brief cathartic expression. 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. 

     

     

    Selected exhibitions:

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    "Last Resort" Freight, Magdalen Street, Norwich. December 2nd-8th 2015

    [Curator/Group Exhibition]

     

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

    [Solo Exhibition]

     

     

    Selected texts: 

     

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

     

    Francis, Jake (2015) Faff-ier : Art practice 2014 - 2015 (Self published)

     

    Francis, Jake (2016) In Loving Memory #2: exhibition text and guide. (Self published)

     

     

    Selected features:

     

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

     

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

     

    The Gallery Lock-In, Brighton. January / February 2018 - Artist residency 

     

    Axis Web: #fivetowatch - December 2014, March 2018

     

     

    Education 

     

    University of Brighton 

    MA Fine Art (part time) - ongoing (2017 - 2019)

     

    Norwich University of the Arts 

    BA (Hons) Fine Art - 2:1 grade obtained with commendations. Awarded July 2014

     

     

    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 

    2017 - present 

    Arts correspondent, critic, and interviewer

     

     

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

    2017 - present 

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

     

     

    Camp Emerson - MA, USA

    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 art curriculum 

     

     

    Norwich University of the Arts - Norwich, UK. 

    2011 - 2013 

    Peer Assistant Learner (PAL)

    2012 - 2014 

    Student Ambassador (Fine Art) 

    2013 - 2014

    Alumni Marketer/data collector