Artist's statement

 

Jan's practice is an interrogation of line, how it interacts with itself, the space it inhabits and, most importantly, the viewer.  

 

Creating site specific installations in tape each line is intuitive, sometimes breaking through the usual confines of an artwork, across a wall or around a corner.    Jan plays with the work, adding, discarding, re-placing or redirecting, changing the visual exchange between artist and viewer through the time of an installation, as they walk past or through the different vistas.  

 

Jan works in response to the architecture and the social setting bringing new energy to often ignored and discounted spaces.  With  the introduction of anamorphic and sculptural elements a new spatial awareness can draw the viewer into the installation, leading minds away from thoughts and into your imagination.    

 

By its very nature the work is performative and ephemeral.  Ultimately the work will be discarded in its temporal reality to remain active in the form of video work where the lines will be distorted and played with.  Jan also re-imagines the installations in the form of prints and small scale tape works.

 

Whatever size Jan works in the lines are spontaneous, always eliciting hope in the artist with a fresh enquiry into how lines can create a challenge for the eyes and for the soul.

 

As well as taking on the role of Print Fellow at University of Northampton, Jan now works from a studio within Arts Central in Milton Keynes and is also supported by CRE8TAPES who will provide all the tape for the artist's future installations. 

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Platform Graduate Award 2019

 

Nominated for the CVAN-SE Platform Graduate Award 2019  Jan is part of the Platform Award exhibition at MK Gallery  7-30 November 2019

 

 

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Print Fellow – UON Print Room 2019/20

 

Exhibitions / Installations

 2020         Project Space Installation, NN Contemporary   September tbc  

 2020         Arts for Health MK, Installation MK Hospital March - August

 2019         Platform Graduate Award Show, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes  November 7/30

 2019         Graduate Art Show, Yardley Hastings, November 23/24

 2019         ‘Free Range’ Graduate Show, Truman Brewery, London

 2019         Degree Show, UON

 2019         ‘Rich Threads’, Project Space, NN Contemporary, Northampton.

 2018         CVAN-EM. Annual Event, UON. Invited artist

 2018         ‘Ipseity’ Group Show, Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton

 2017         Westbury Arts Centre, collaboration with MK College    

 2017          ‘Forecast’ Arts Festival     Delapre Abbey

 2010/14    'A Journey without Sleeping' - Head Office, Homebase, Milton Keynes

 2006         ‘A Journey without Sleeping’  Solo exhibition, Madcap, Wolverton, Milton Keynes

 2003/06    Acrylic collection exhibited KingsOak Heas Office, Milton Keynes

 2001/03    Acrylic collection exhibited Group 4 HQ, Milton Keynes

 2003/04    Milton Keynes Arts Festival Group exhibitions

 

 Articles

 2010         Homebase House Magazine  - ‘A Journey  without Sleeping’

 2002         Group 4 Court Services House Magazine - ‘Artworks in office spaces’

 

Commissions

 2002          Newport City Live Arena, Newport, Gwent        

 2001          Group 4 Regional HQ

 

1980/2001  Illustrative work for private clients,  architectural, flora and fauna

 

Bursaries

 2018            UON Chancellors Fund

 

Education  

 BA (Hons) Fine Art (First) 2016-2019

 ACE Milton Keynes A level 1999-2001

 

Contact details:   janharrington.net

                                 Instagram:   #janharringtoncollections

                                  janharringtoncollections@gmail.com

 

Studio          Arts Central

                       Milton Keynes

 

 

 

 

 

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