Jason Minsky’s work unravels and re-configures the familiar.
Playfully dislocating the functioning of events and re-interpreting spaces.
Now based in Dublin, He has a multi-disciplinary approach combining video, photography, multiples, installation and performance.
His short film ‘Mare Liberum’ (Freedom of theSea) mixes danger and absurdity along with beguiling enigmatic visuals. Originally created as part of his Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship for English Heritage, it was shown as part of his solo exhibition ‘Interfering with Play’ Berwick Gymnasium Gallery and Visibility Good, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Much of Minsky’s work shares a feeling of surreal pondering brought to life. Activity and energy is captured and presented, both as performance to camera and harnessed in the objects he constructs or chooses to work with.
A strong interventionist strand runs through all his work and he often employs humour as a strategy to unpick these rules creating dramatic, beguiling and often absurd interventions.
The work also has an open ended limitless quality, in which the boundaries are extended and the roles recast.
The resulting artworks often have a refreshing, open-ended, limitless quality that transcends its origins.
He studied at the Royal College of Art (1997-1999) awarded an MA RCA and 3-D Design at Manchester Polytechnic, BA Hons (1989-1992).
His year long residency, Extraordinary Moves Project, as part of the Cultural Olympiad, London 2012, was based at Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Sport and Exercise Research. The resulting solo show called Advantage, Site Gallery Sheffield featured an ambitious large sale installation including a working sculptural climbing wall. Motion capture films and futuristic adverts. These were also shown in the Victoria and Alberts Museum Gallery in Bethnal Green London.
Residencies completed before this include English Heritage, Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, Leeds Rugby Club, Green Room, Manchester, Storey Gallery, Lancaster.
Minsky has lectured at many colleges and universities within the UK, on a diverse range of courses, including architecture, furniture design and fine art.
His work is in many private and pubic collections around the world.
More Exhibition Info below.
Inaugural winner of the Crosby Homes Manchester Art Prize (2003), creating a live performance and exhibition; Get in...get out, Manchester Art Gallery (2004). A catalogue was produced on the occasion of this show, which included an essay by Henry Meyric Hughes.
‘Get in...get out’, Jason Minsky, Manchester Art Gallery, Cornerhouse Publications (2004).
Recent exhibitions include ‘Unrealised Potential’ Cornerhouse, Manchester,
2010, ‘This is England’ Beacon House University, Pakistan 2010, ‘Plus100’, Volume Projects, London (2009), alongside Damian Hirst, Tracey Emin and Mustafa Hulusi.
‘Artheke’ Va Va Room, Hong Kong (2009).
‘Kiss of a Lifetime’, Bearspace, London (2009) and ‘Interfering with Play’, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed (2009).
During 2007-2008, He spent 12 months working as Artist in Residence for the Leeds Rugby Foundation. The result was ‘Match Report’ a solo show for PSL (Project Space Leeds, 2008). During this year he also exhibited internationally with Arte Grupo Forja, Valencia (2008).
Minsky’s work has been reviewed in The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, Time Out (London), and Art News (USA), Arena Magazine, Flux Magazine, Apollo Magazine, Artists Newsletter and many other publications. Catalogues available include, ‘Arcadia in the City’ English Heritage (p.74, 79, and back cover) (2002). ‘New Routes New Destinations’ Rosenthal and The Royal College of Art, (2000).
Takeaway Garden, (part of Architecture Week) Cube, Manchester (2007),Nemesis, Greenroom, Manchester (2007), Inside Out residency, Storey Gallery, Lancaster (2006), As seen onTV, Art advert and 500 artworks, Channel M and Greenroom, Manchester (2006), The Games Room (group show), Touchstones, Rochdale (2006), Arcadia in the City, Marble hill House, London (2002)*.
(*Catalogues from Cornerhouse Publications and English Heritage)
Artist in residence on Extraordinary Moves project, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield, an Official Cultural Olympiad Project 2012. Future shows include, This is England, Lahore University, Pakistan (2010), and New Bodies, New Identities, Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, 2011.
Advantage, (Solo Show), Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2012. Yorkshire Gold, A Cultural Olympiad Project for London 2012 Olympics.
Museum of Childhood, 2012, Bethnal Green, London.
Halftone.ie, 2018, The Library Project, Dublin.
‘Mare Liberum’ film, Mart Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin 2018.
Member of Visual Arts Ireland.
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