I am an interdisciplinary lens based artist, writer and lecturer whose current bodies of work have been concerned with popular culture, to date I have focused on the medium of Television and it’s influence upon our daily experiences, this has been as video works, audio, posters, installations and art multiples.
As a writer I was the radar arts editor for Flux Magazine and freelanced for numerous art publications.
My practice has shifted towards playwriting and photography, I have had several successful live performances, including Cherry & the Ox a play focusing on the Kearton Brothers the first wildlife photographers. I have also begun a new series of works that explore the self portrait through the history of the photoshoot, streotypes, taboo and humour in art.
I continue to work on collaborative writing projects that couple my interest in television with the experiences and realities of the life of the creative practitioner.
I am interested in the changing approach to critical theory and practice within BA courses, in particularly Photography. I have investigated the different approaches in the field of critical theory & practice and how this sits within a practice based degrees, exploring teaching approaches that enhance the relationship between the two areas and how this can be used to create transferable skills [such as students gaining confidence articulating their practice within a broad critical premise to future clients and peers] also how students can assess and resolve complex ideas.
I have been a member of Rogue Artists Studios for over a decade, Rogue is currently the largest professional contemporary art studio in the North of England.
CV & Education
Selected Shows 2006 - 2018
2018 MANIFESTO, Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2017 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2016 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2015 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2014 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2013 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2012 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2011 Re-Covering, Object / A, Manchester, UK
2011 Unrealised Potential, VOID Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
2010 Unrealised Potential, NGCA, Sunderland, UK
2010 Unrealised Potential, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
2009 Title Murdered, Storey Gallery, Lancaster
2009 'A bANdA dA' (Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Shezad Dawood Selects for Late at Tate Britain), TATE Britain, London, UK
2008 'OPEN STUDIOS', Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, UK
2007 North And South, John Hansard Gallery Southampton (Artist Commission)
2007 Inside Outside, The Storey Gallery (Artist In Residency), Lancaster, UK
2006 Deletia, Arena Studios Gallery (Liverpool Biennial), Liverpool, UK
2006 Food & Drink, Queens Street Studios Gallery, Belfast, Uk [Horticultural Sculpture]
2006 Pure Screen (Retrospective), Project Space, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
Writing as JT Chavez:
2017 ‘Unveiling Duchamp's Ring' with Ruby Tingle, Manchester Art Gallery, Mcr, UK
2017 ‘Return of Robin Nature-Bold’ CLUB BIG, as part of John Hyatt’s ROCK ART, HOME, Mcr, UK
2016 'Cherry & the Ox ', Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester, UK
2015 'DIZYGOTIC LUMARI’S: Unearthing the Lite Pool Dadaists Part 1', Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
2013 'OUTSIDE INN, CRIME SING' Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
2012 'Hidden Herb', for Conway & Young, Manchester School of `Art, Manchester, UK
2006 Universtiy Of Central Lancaster, PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education)
2001 MA Art As Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University
1999 NCTJ, Nvq Level 4 Journalism & Subbing
1997 BA (Hons) History Of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University
Sept 2017 - To Present Day Associate Lecturer, Foundation Years, Art & Design, Salford University,
Sept 2000 – To Present Day Course Leader of Contemporary Photography, Lecturer, Stockport College ‘Media Studies’, ‘History Of Photography‘ ‘Critical Research’ And ‘Studies Skills’ On Ba (Hons) Photography Course, ‘Critical Art & Design Theory’ On Ba(Hons) Design & Visual Arts, ‘Critical Theory’ Hnd Media Broadcasting
Radar Arts Editor, Flux Magazine (Since December 1996)
Writer, Fluxspace (Since August 2000)
Sept 2006 Time Out (North West / Manchester Edition).
April 2006 Ny Art Magazine (New York)
2016 McCarthyism, (Apple Pie Editions)
2007 The Guardian, Guide, Robert Clark, ‘North & South’, Pp 37, 27th July
2003 The Guardian, G2, Manchester, Jessica Lack, Pick Of The Week ‘Art@F-Squared’, Pp 18, 22nd Sept
2002 Metro News, Manchester, Andrew Fraser, ‘Shopping’, Pp 18, 13th Sept
2002 City Life, Manchester, David Gledhill, ‘Jane Griffiths: Tv Dogs’, Pp 61, 11 – 26 Sept
2002 The Guardian, G2, Manchester, Jessica Lack, Pick Of The Week ‘Tv Dogs’, Pp 18, 23th Aug
2002 Metro News, Manchester, Scott Birch, ‘Icons From The Small Screen’, Pp 18, 13th Aug
2002 Artist Newsletter, Gillian Nicol, ‘The Mill’, Feb 2001