Artist Statement


I am interested in how any thing – an object, an action or an idea – is made. I produce installations, sculptures, performances, text and conceptual works that explore ways in which materials and manual skills and techniques encapsulate cultural references, historical fact and personal expression.

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

The material from which something is made, and how it is made are my two primary concerns: the physical properties of a material or action often serve as inspiration. My working process is meticulous and I consider all actions involved in making something, from concept to realisation, as vital and discreet components of the finished work.

As a keen user of space, many of my sculptural works are large-scale, constructed using engineering techniques and devised to experiment with spatial relationships. I sometimes use the relationships between elements within a system (e.g. bureaucratic, logical, technical) as conceptual starting points.

Working both within a studio and ‘in-situ’ responding directly to a site, as well as making sculpture I also write, producing text works, articles, essays and prose that develop my ideas in a dialectic form. A burgeoning part of my practice is in collaboration with other artists, exploring the relationship between our different skill sets. Through this I also explore and challenge the traditional roles of fabricator and artist.

Joe Hancock. May 2016


CV


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 – X≠Y: How to put up a shelf (V)Curator’s Choice series, Leeds Arts University
2016 – (8 off)&Model Gallery, Leeds.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 – FIX – ICW… (In Collaboration With…), Blackpool
2017 – MAKE//SHIFTAir Gallery, Altrincham, Manchester
2017 – Internal StructuresManifest Festival, Artwork Atelier, Salford
2016 Deus Ex Machina&Model North, Leeds
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

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 Theory of Making – ongoing practice-based research developing theoretical models of making.
  • 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

2016 – Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts
2014 – Phoenix Bursary
2010 – Harry Meadley Prize

Press & Media

2017 – Axisweb – Category of the week: Practice-based research(8 off)
2017 – ASAP/J (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Journal, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, USA.)feature review by Catriona McAra& Model Gallery Sumer Residency 2016
2017 – AxiswebCategory of the Week: Sculpture, selected by Rebecca Senior (Axisweb / MMU / Corridor 8) – How to put up a shelf (IV)
2017 – AxiswebFive To Watch selected by Thomas Dukes of Open Eye Gallery, LiverpoolX≠Y
2017 – AxiswebCategory of the Week: Intervention – selected artistHow to put up a shelf (IV)
2017 – Corridor 8feature review by Karen Tobias GreenX≠Y
2017 – AxiswebNew Art Highlights selectionHow to put up a shelf (IV)
2016 – AxiswebFive To Watch selectionDeus Ex Machina
2016 – a-nreview by Bob Dickinson – Progress / Manchester Histories Festival – The Work As A Result
2015 – The Skinnyreview by Adam Benmakhlouf – RSA New Contemporaries exhibition – Deus Ex Machina
2015 – Arts Pressreview by Tim Cornwell – RSA New Contemporaries exhibition – Deus Ex Machina
2014 – The Skinnyreview 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- (ongoing) – 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 – ‘What Are You Doing’ – 4 day devised project for undergraduates
2016 – Leeds Beckett University – Visiting Tutor – studio tutorials with undergraduate and postgraduate students
2015 – Glasgow School of Art – Workshop Technician – technical & tutorial support to undergraduate & postgraduate students

Fabrication

2017 – Brass Art, Manchester – Gestured – exhibition fabrication & technical support
2017 – Ian Jackson, London – Farmers Tan – design & fabrication
2016-17 – 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

Fabrication Consultancy/ Project Management

2017 – Leeds Arts University / Leeds City CouncilFemale Public Sculpture [working title] (forthcoming commissioned public artwork) – technical consultancy
2015-16 – Engine Productions / University of Salford / Entre-Prises UK Ltd. Engels’ Beard (large outdoor public sculpture / climbing wall) – technical project management, design and fabrication
2015-16 – Darren Nixon (Salford / Manchester) – The Awkward Ambassador (commissioned painting / installation) – skills teaching and fabrication