I am preoccupied with people and places and often research spaces which have been well used or worn, how they look and how they make me feel. My work responds to these places, their atmosphere and how that links with emotion and shared memory.
I am currently working with a series which merges painting, sculpture and photography, as a response to waste items and abandon buildings oftern in decay.
Among other things, I have photographed delapitated walls. I see the walls as found abstract paintings which document the way in which time has eroded the surface and how this lets us see the domestic, un-fantastic banality of the everyday existence of the people who inhabited the spaces.
There is a poetry and a profundity to this erosion and it is this idea that I attempt to exploit in this series. In my painting and sculpture making I transfer and expand these ideas using a process of abstracting and reframing imagery. I edit, enlarge, cut and reframe compositions, also actually physically cut away and extract actual walls from buildings using them like found objects.
CV & Education
Jo Dennis (b 1973, UK)
Goldsmiths College London, BA Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theory 2002
Norwich School of Art, Art and Design BTech 1999
A Kind of Solid Liquid, Sid Motion Gallery, London 2018
Photo London, Solo booth in Discovery section with Sid Motion Gallery, London 2018
Solid Liquid, Installation in Safehouse 2 for Peckham 24, London 2018
Matter Out of Place, Sid Motion Gallery, London 2017
Your Feet in the Air and your Head on the Ground, Peckham 24, London 2017
Cropped Up, AMP Gallery, London 2016
Selected group exhibitions
Yes Please, curated by George & Jorgen, London
Chroma, curated by Lilly Brooks, London
Acca Atelier, curated by Luisa Valentini, Turin, Italy
The Exhibition at Castello Di Monticello d’Alba, curated by Victor Circasia, Italy
Art Licks, group show curated by Holly Willats, ICA, London
Stardust Boogie Woogie, Monica Bobinska Gallery, London
Spartacus Chetwynd's Helmut Newton Ladies Night, The Royal Academy of Arts, London
NOAC Juried group exhibition selected by Gavin Turk, Chichester
Obstacle, group show at Spectacle Gallery, Birmingham
Liz Jobey, ‘ Memories are made of this’ FT Weekend Magazine, May 2018 pp. 24-27
Liz Jobey, ‘Lost and Found, the transformative art of Jo Dennis’ Online FT Magazine -Photography May 2018
Paul Carey-Kent, ‘Photo London 2018’ Photo Monitor, online June 2018
Izabela Radwanska Zhang ‘Live and Direct with peckham 24’ BJP online May 2018
Peckham 24 co-founder and creative director 2016 - current.
AMP Gallery co-curator 2015 - 2018
Asylum arts organisation co-founder 2010 - current
Artist in residence at Castello Di Monticello d’Alba, 2018