Approved: 02.06.2016

Joe Hancock

Artist, Consultant, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 02.06.2016

Biography

I am an interdisciplinary visual artist with a research-based practice, investigating expanded theories of ‘making’ by considering it to be a universal defining human preoccupation.

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    Artist Statement

    Biography

    I am an interdisciplinary visual artist with a research-based practice, investigating expanded theories of ‘making’ by considering it to be a universal defining human preoccupation.

    I am currently undertaking an MA in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art. Previous study includes: Leeds College of Art (Foundation: distinction, 2010), Glasgow School of Art (Sculpture and Environmental Art: First Class Honours, 2014) and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (exchange programme, 2012).

    My work has been shown in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Leeds, Blackpool and Edinburgh, where I was selected for RSA New Contemporaries 2015 for my work ‘Deus Ex Machina’.

    I collaborate with academics and other artists to produce investigative works and papers that expand my practice beyond the studio.

    Before commencing postgraduate study I was an associate lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, teaching Contemporary Art and Illustration, and have also taught undergraduates at Leeds Beckett and Leeds Arts universities.

    I provide consultation to arts commissioning organisations on public sculpture projects e.g. Engels’ Beard, University of Salford; professional services to artist-led spaces e.g. AIR Gallery, Altrincham; and fabrication services to artists e.g. Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Darren Nixon, Nicola Dale and Lisa Stansbie.

    Artist Statement

    I am interested in how any thing – an object, an action or an idea – is made.

    I investigate expanded theories of making, considering it a universal defining human preoccupation.

    I make performances, installations, sculptures, text, photography and conceptual works. These generate interdisciplinary approaches toward a unified theory of making, mapping and modelling making processes in any form, and creating new permutations of creative activity.

    My meticulous working process invokes all actions involved in making something, from concept to realisation, as vital and discreet components of the finished work:

    I consider my works strictly as documentation of their making process.

    Working collaboratively with artists and curators I investigate the ways in which materials, methods, practice and techniques encapsulate lived experience, historical fact and personal expression.

    Specifically, I am interested in the similarities, differences and interrelationships between acts of labour and of art work, including ‘repair’ as a creative, networked, social form of making.

    Shelves, benches and other quotidian constructions emerge within my practice as literal and metaphorical platforms for the development of an analytical, poetic ontology of making.

    Some of my work is invisible. Given the chance, I would make works the size of nations.

    CV & Education

    Solo Exhibitions

    2019 – [forthcoming – September] Drawing Instruments – Cass Art, Manchester
    2017 – X≠Y: How to put up a shelf (V)Curator’s Choice series, Leeds Arts University
    2016 – (8 off)&Model Gallery, Leeds
    2016 Deus Ex Machina&Model North, Leeds


    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2019 – [CURRENT until 3rd August] This Land is Our Land – PAPER, Manchester
    2019 – [CURRENT until 24th August] Manifestation – Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester
    2019 – [CURRENT until 20th July] Left Bank Leeds Arts Prize 2019 – Leeds
    2019 – [CURRENT until 9th November] Each Toward The Other – Bury Sculpture Centre
    2019 – [forthcoming – 26th July] INTER-SECTION – The Market Gallery, Huddersfield
    2019 – [forthcoming – 11th October] MA/MFA Degree Show – HOME, Manches
    2019 – All Work and All Play – AIR Gallery, Altrincham
    2018 – PLACE, SPACE, ACTION – The Market Gallery, Huddersfield
    2017 – FIX – ICW… (In Collaboration With…), Blackpool
    2017 – MAKE//SHIFTAIR Gallery, Altrincham, Manchester
    2017 – Internal StructuresManifest Festival, Artwork Atelier, Salford
    2016Progress / Manchester Histories Festival – Rogue Studios, Manchester (collaboration with Nicola Dale)
    2015 – Phoenix Exhibition – Glasgow School of Art
    2015 – New Scottish Artists – The Fleming Collection, London
    2015 – RSA New Contemporaries 2015 – Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
    2014 – Looking at the reflection of reality – Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester
    2014 – eX – blip blip blip, Leeds
    2014 – Part Seen, Imagined Part: GSA in Dunoon – Dunoon Burgh Hall
    2014 – Undergraduate Showcase – Glasgow School of Art


    Education

    2020-23 – Nottingham Trent University – PhD candidate (full university scholarship) – ‘A Vector Model of Making’
    2018-19 – Manchester School of Art – MA Fine Art [completion September 2019]
    2010-14 – Glasgow School of Art – BA(Hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art [1st Class]
    2012 – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A. – Exchange programme
    2009-10 – Leeds Arts University – Foundation Diploma in Fine Art [Distinction]


    Current Projects

    • A Vector Theory of Making – practice-based research developing theoretical models of making.
    • (8 off) – Stage 2 – distributed network of 8 benches functioning as sites of making, recording the stories of their use upon their surface.
    • Repair – extended practice and research based project considering ‘repair’ as a form of making.
    • How to put up a shelf – ongoing series of works exploring the ontology of a shelf as an object and phenomenological construct.


    Residencies

    2017 – ICW… (In Collaboration With…), Blackpool – ‘FIX’ – one-month residency & exhibition with artist Nicola Ellis
    2016 – &Model Gallery, Leeds – four-month solo residency
    2014-15 – Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Federation House, Manchester – five-month residency


    Conference Presentations

    2017 – New Modes of Art Writing Event 2 – MMU, Manchester, UK – Conversation with a future sculpture (first public presentation)


    Selected Talks

    2016 – University of Huddersfield – artist talk – 60 minute presentation & Q+A
    2016 – & Model North, Leeds – artist talk – 60 minute presentation & Q+A
    2016 – Leeds Beckett University – artist talk – 90 minute presentation & Q+A
    2016 – Leeds Arts University – artist talk – introduction to ‘Repair’ project
    2015 – Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh – artist talk – Creative Conversations series


    Awards / Bursaries

    2019 – PhD funding – full University Scholarship, Nottingham Trent University (commencing 2020)
    2016 – Arts Council England – individual Grants for the Arts
    2014 – Phoenix Bursary
    2010 – Harry Meadley Prize


    Reviews & Media

    2019 – Axisweb – New Art Highlights selection – +/- [maquette]
    2018 – Axisweb – New Art Highlights selectionHow to put up a shelf (I)
    2018 – Axisweb – Category of the week: Live Art(8 off)
    2018 – Axisweb – Category of the week: ExhibitionCatawampus
    2018 – Axisweb – Category of the week: Residency(8 off)
    2017 – Axisweb – Category of the week: Practice-based research(8 off)
    2017 – ASAP/Journal, Johns Hopkins University – feature review by Catriona McAra& Model Gallery Sumer Residency 2016
    2017 – Axisweb – Category of the Week: Sculpture, selected by Rebecca Senior (Axisweb / MMU / Corridor 8) – How to put up a shelf (IV)
    2017 – Axisweb – Five To Watch selected by Thomas Dukes of Open Eye Gallery, LiverpoolX≠Y
    2017 – Axisweb – Category of the Week: Intervention – selected artistHow to put up a shelf (IV)
    2017 – Corridor 8 – feature review by Karen Tobias GreenX≠Y
    2017 – Axisweb – New Art Highlights selectionHow to put up a shelf (IV)
    2016 – Axisweb – Five To Watch selectionDeus Ex Machina
    2016 – a-n – review by Bob Dickinson – Progress / Manchester Histories Festival – The Work As A Result
    2015 – The Skinny – review by Adam Benmakhlouf – RSA New Contemporaries exhibition – Deus Ex Machina
    2015 – Arts Press – review by Tim Cornwell – RSA New Contemporaries exhibition – Deus Ex Machina
    2014 – The Skinny – review by Adam Benmakhlouf – GSA Degree ShowAnthorn


    Publications

    2015 – What A Week – catalogue essay for Phoenix Exhibition, Glasgow
    2013 – Cataphote, or, Beauty Is In The I of the Beholder – artist book / text work, Glasgow / Leeds / Chicago, U.S.A.
    2011 – Artist interview – in ‘Catalogue Available’ by Alex Farrar, Leeds


    Collections

    • School of the Art Institute, Chicago – Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection
    • Glasgow School of Art – Artists’ Book Collection
    • Leeds Arts University – Artists’ Book Collection
    • Private collections in New York (USA), Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.


    Teaching

    2016-18 – University of Huddersfield – Associate Lecturer, BA(Hons) Contemporary Art & Illustration
    2016 – Leeds Arts University – Associate Lecturer, BA(Hons) Fine Art
    2016 – Leeds Beckett University – Visiting Artist
    2016 – Leeds Beckett University – Visiting Tutor
    2015 – Glasgow School of Art – Workshop Instructor


    Professional Activity

    (ongoing) – Mentor and advisor to artists (freelance working with arts organisations)
    2019 – AIR Gallery – selector and advisor – Open Exhibition (group exhibition)
    2019 – AIR Gallery – appointed trustee
    2018 – AIR Gallery – selector and advisor – PLAY (group exhibition)
    2018 – AIR Gallery – selector and advisor – Platform Bursary (emerging artist award, mentoring & exhibition)
    2017 – Leeds Arts University / Leeds City Council – technical consultancy – Female Public Sculpture Project (forthcoming commissioned public artwork)
    2015-16 – Engine Productions / University of Salford / Entre-Prises UK Ltd. – technical project management, design and fabrication – Engels’ Beard (large outdoor public sculpture & climbing wall)
    2015-16 – Darren Nixon (Manchester) – technical instruction and fabrication – The Awkward Ambassador (commissioned painting / installation)


    Fabrication

    2018 – Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Manchester – Dreaming of Dead Fish – exhibition fabrication & technical support
    2017 – Brass Art, Manchester – Gestured – exhibition fabrication & technical support
    2017 – Ian Jackson, London – Farmers Tan – design & fabrication
    2017 – Nicola Dale, Manchester – It Stares Us Down – sculptural fabrication
    2016 – Maurice Carlin, Salford – Temporary Custodians – sculptural design & fabrication
    2016 – Maurice Carlin, Salford – Storage / Stowage – sculptural design & fabrication
    2015 – Lisa Stansbie, Leeds – Swimming Machine – sculptural design & fabrication