Sophie Jung’s work operates at the intersection between performance, sculpture, and text. She brings established concepts into a state of disarray through a complex interplay of references to high culture, mass culture, and current socio-political events, destabilising them by verbally activating symbolically charged objects. She develops improvised conceptual spaces for provisional meaning and constantly changing definitions, which are then restaged in her performances.
Sophie Jung (born in 1982, Luxembourg, lives and works in London) received her BFA from the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and her MFA from Goldsmiths, London. Forthcoming projects include:, Liste Performance Project, curated by Eva Birkenstock, and a group exhibition at Blain|Southern curated by Tom Morton later in 2017. Recent projects and exhibitions include Producing My Credentials, Kunstraum London, UK 2017; Äppärät at Ballroom Marfa, Eh, co? Nah cis. Us! at Kunsthalle Basel for Jungs, Hier Kommt der Masterplan, Uncanny Valley at Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, UK, Tarantallegra at Hester, NY as well as Unmittelbare Konsequenzen at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. In 2015 Sophie has spent 6 months in New York at ISCP, courtesy of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg and in 2016 she won the Swiss Art Award.
Ben Cain‘s practice deals with themes of work, labour, and artistic action. Cain has recurrently explored art’s ambiguous relationship to industry, commodification and immaterial labour. He is interested in how artworks might pose questions about what we think they are doing and, by implication, our role as viewers in their social and cultural production.
Ben Cain lives and works in London and Zagreb. He is a tutor on Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, and previously London Metropolitan University. Cain studied his MA at Jan van Eyck Akademie in 2000, and his BA in Interactive arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in 1997. Throughout his career Cain has worked with sculpture, installation, theatre, sound, performance, and publication. His work has been exhibited internationally included Venice Biennale 2017, Manifesta 9, Genk, in 2012, and Weils, Brussels, in 2009. Recently his work has been exhibited several UK institutions including Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Turner Contemporary, Margate, BlueCoat Gallery, Liverpool, The Tetley, Leeds, and Site Gallery, Sheffield.
Central to Marianne Spurr’s practice is the on-going activity of accumulation, organisation and classification of found materials and quotidian objects. Spurr thinks through her materials, in search of something, an event or an understanding. Through various processes she explores and tests the material relationships between objects in search of free and poetic associations. She remains open to identifying these associations, which begin to reveal themselves through their formal relationships, guided by an intuitive process or logic.
Marianne Spurr (Lives and works in London, UK), received her MA in painting in 2010—12 at the Royal college of Art, London, with an exchange at Hunter college, New York. Selected recent exhibitions include Tracks, Supplement, London; Today, And/Or gallery, London; LAST NIGHT, Parallel // Oaxaca at Material Art fair, curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini (2015); Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum, London; Pop Tarts, James Fuentes gallery, New York; Managing Bounces, Cell Project Space, London; Paradise Garage, Kinman, London (all 2013); Plenitude, Carl Freedman gallery, London, curated by Stephan Tanbin Sastrawidjaja; LOT, Cul de sac gallery, London, curated by NV projects; Samara Scott & Marianne Spurr, Seventeen gallery, London (all 2012).
Sophie Jung, ‘The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful’, 2016, HD Video with sound, 31:24 mins, Edition 3+AP