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 along with a mischievous sense of humour.
The work also has an open ended limitless quality, in which the boundaries are extended and the roles recast.
An enchanting example of this is seen in his 2006 work, Daydreamer. Here Minsky brings the informal and formal together. Mixing games of the
playground - hop-scotch, with the more formal games of the gymnasium - badminton. This new hybrid mix is marked out on the floor of the gallery, using formal materials
of white gym floor tape, compared with playground chalks from his childhood.
He often employs humour as a strategy to unpick these rules creating dramatic, beguiling and often absurd interventions.
The resulting artworks often have a refreshing, open-ended, limitless quality that transcends its origins.
He studied 3-D Design at Manchester Polytechnic, BA Hons (1989-1992) and completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art (1997-1999).
Minsky has lectured at many colleges and universities within the UK, on a diverse range of courses, including architecture, furniture design and fine art.
He was the 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)
His work is in many private collections in the UK and abroad. Currently working as 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.
Currently showing ‘Mare Liberum’ film, Mart Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin until 23rd December 2018.
Member of Visual Arts Ireland.
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