Jonathan Owen


Sat, 29 May 2021 - Sat, 17 July 2021


Ingleby - 33 Barony Street Edinburgh EH3 6NX

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Cost: free

Ingleby future programme

Type: Exhibition

Jonathan Owen Untitled , 2021 19th century marble bust with further carving 70 x 48 x 29 cm

Jonathan Owen is best known for his interventions into ‘found’ antique sculptures, a process of re-carving and reinventing defunct marble statuary in an attempt – as he puts it – “to subvert and puncture this familiar rhetoric, and so to reactivate the object through transformation rather than destruction, to make a new proposition.

It offers a way of working that seems especially relevant on the present moment, as the conversation around public monuments is so vigorously re-considered and re-phrased to question ideas of permanence and power – attributes so often associated with the original sculptures that are his favoured raw material.

The exhibition includes dramatically re-worked busts of once powerful men, but at its centre we will be unveiling a major new sculpture based on a life-size, allegorical figure of Navigation, a figure that formerly stood proud as symbol of empire and exploration – sextant and rudder at the ready – reduced now to a pile of interlinking chains snaking off its plinth and across the gallery floor.

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