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.
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
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
2010 Homebase House Magazine - ‘A Journey without Sleeping’
2002 Group 4 Court Services House Magazine - ‘Artworks in office spaces’
2002 Newport City Live Arena, Newport, Gwent
2001 Group 4 Regional HQ
1980/2001 Illustrative work for private clients, architectural, flora and fauna
2018 UON Chancellors Fund
BA (Hons) Fine Art (First) 2016-2019
ACE Milton Keynes A level 1999-2001
Contact details: janharrington.net
Studio Arts Central