Jonathan Owen, Untitled, 2011 (partially erased book page)
JONATHAN OWEN is based in Scotland and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. There is a sort of elegant vandalism intrinsic in Owen's works on paper and in his small carved sculptures. By reducing his subjects he delicately examines the essential qualities of an object or image, transforming their meaning and presenting the viewer with the curiously unexpected. In this exhibition there will be a series of "drawings", photographs found in books of civic sculptures that have been gently erased, leaving a ghostly trace. A group of sculptures work in a similar way. Small found wooden figures are intricately carved to create a disjointed and reduced version of the original character, presenting an unsolvable yet innately intriguing puzzle. This is his first show at Ingleby Gallery.