Centre for Research and Enterprise in Art, Design and Media

North and South  |

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 2007

Catalogue ISBN: 9781 1 873757 56 7

J Anyan North and South

My contribution to the exhibition was a mixed media installation that explored the construction of English identity in the 21st Century. The installation was made up of three interrelated works: 1. Two large photographic collages measuring 6ft x 4ft used Lowryesque compositions to examine regional difference, idiosyncrasy and conformity in our increasingly homogenised society. The works conflated surveillance aesthetic was the British media's obsession with celebrity culture and fashion. 2. A series of mobile phone photographs accompanied by a text that explored the invasion of privacy in 21st Century society. Issues relating to intimacy and the concept of the gaze in general are investigated through an artist-subject relationship that also includes the viewer. 3. Objects in display cases chosen on the basis that they might be exhibited in years to come as relics of English identity at the beginning of the 21st Century. This work also references semiotic techniques used by department stores to heighten the desirability of their merchandise by making it appear as if a precious relic or work of art. North and South was produced in collaboration with the following galleries who also simultaneously exhibited work on this theme: Reg Vardy Gallery, National Glass Centre Gallery, NGCA Gallery, Millais Gallery and Southampton City Art. Significance The September 2007 issues of Art Monthly and a-n Magazine contained reviews of North & South. State of Art, Summer 2007, contained 'Jennifer Anyan Phone Portraits' an article on my mobile phone photographs with text, exhibited at the John Hansard Gallery and Circus Gallery, London 6th July – 7th December, 2007. My work was supported by a commission awarded by the John Hansard Gallery in partnership with Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland.

Hats and Gloves |

Curated by the Leicester City Art Gallery

Toured to: McManus Galleries 2004, Mansfield Museum, Mansfield 2004, Hat Factory, Stockport 2005

Rag Doll on Climbing Bars JA

Hats & Gloves was the last in a trilogy of accessories exhibitions curated by Leicester City Art Gallery. In addition to my work the exhibition included contemporary creations by the renowned milliners, glove makers and fashion designers Philip Treacy, David Shilling, Dai Rees and Vivienne Westwood. I exhibited the three works selected from my 'Automaton' series, which was derived from research into the fragile boundary between fantasy and reality. I exploited photography's uneasy relationship with illusion, representation and reproduction to explore the way in which automata disturb, disorientate and challenge our relationship to them and, in so doing, our preconceptions concerning illusion, fantasy, reality and the uncanny. The work particularly references the way in which children do not distinguish between living and inanimate objects and treat objects such as dolls as if they were living people. Olympia in Hoffmann's 'The Sandman' is used as an example of an automata that exemplifies child-like desires to make the inanimate animate. The exhibition was accompanied by a full colour catalogue: Hats & Gloves, with a text by Mary Schoeser, Writer, Curator and Textile Historian http://www.staffs.ac.uk/cgi-bin/ariadne/show?artist=anyan_j| 

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