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 urban renewal and 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) Lives and works in London.
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Goldsmiths College London and Norwich School of Art
Solo exhibition, Cropped Up, AMP Gallery for Peckham 24 / Photo London, UK
Group Show, Acca Atelier - Galfa 20, Turin, Italy
Working from Home, AMP Gallery for Artlicks Weekend, London, UK
The Others Art Fair, Truman Brewery, London, UK
Artist's of Vout 'O' Reenee's, Lonon, UK
Housework, Safehouse 1, London, UK
Artists (limited) for Artlicks Weekend, Safehouse 1, London.
Nunhead Open, (invited Artist) The Surgery Projects, London.
Munch, Peckham festival of Food and Culture, Commissioned Artist, London.
2013 and earlier.
Diseased Brethren, Asylum, London.
The Exhibition at Castello Di Monticello d’Alba, Curated by Victor Circasia, Italy
International Woman's Day, Sweet Art Collective, The St Pancras Crypt Gallery London.
Art Licks, 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, Spectacle Gallery, Birmingham.
Duo Show, The Knapp Gallery, Regents Park, London.
Parade, Hamilton House, Bristol.
Plagiarise, Bussey Building for Camberwell Arts week,London.
Climate of Change, Union Street, London.
As isn’t, Washington DC, USA.