My work explores the relationships between the built environment, material culture and marginalised aesthetics.  My practice juxtaposes industrial and craft materials alongside found and personal objects including steel, wood, dried flowers, socks, printed paper, horse-hair braid, rubber, concrete and latex.  Drawing on industrial, fashion design and image-making and architectural practice, I create emotive, direct sculptures which consider the political and ideological histories of consumption and the production of desire.

In the past, I have spoken of objects and materials as ‘eloquent texts’ that encode cultural and historical meaning. As I manipulate them via a number of actions including twisting, stretching, folding, elongating, skewering, piping, pouring, I investigate and ultimately re-read how meaning is programmed, especially loaded and shed through gesture, motif, structural and material processes. In recent work, I ha
ve touched upon the taboo, fetish and the commodification of queer aesthetics drawing links between whiteness, masculinities, political and body fascism in gay culture with ornamentation and decoration. In recent years, I have also incorporated personal belongings acquired out of my metropolitan experiences.

In examining architecture and design as epistemic retainers, otherworldly, exaggerated forms evade and challenge the sleek, productive logic and linearities of late-capitalist making, presentation and consumption and propose complex questions pertaining to subjectivity, sexuality, queer futurity and ultimately, power.

>selected writing<

>>> Selected Writing <<<

Jack O'Brien
lives and works in London.
e: info.jackobrien@gmail.com

2011 - 2014
BA Fine Art - Kingston University

Solo Exhibitions
2021 Waiting For The Sun To Kill Me, Ginny on Frederick, London
2018 Chew, if only you could see. clearview.ltd, London
2018 This thing bled acid. White Cubicle, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 XTRADE Poster Show, Ridley Road Project Space, London
2021 CRAVE, SET, London
2021 Latent Longing, Intersticio, London
2020 Sky-blue and green, V.O Curations, London
2019 You, Me and Everbody Else, One Room, London
2019 Pervilion, The Silver Building, London
2018 Unearthing, Beckys, London
2018 Strange Messengers, Peres Projects, Berlin
2018 Nous Nous Embrassons, 4Cose, London
2017 Hot Retaliations (and Other Acts of Revenge), clearview.ltd, London
2017 Mons Mensae Pavilion, London
2016 Iron Mountains - 24 Raven Row, London
2015 Orson Casual Open - Tank.TV, London

Curatorial Projects/Workshops
2021 Getting Dressed, VO Curations, (Exhibition and group exercise in collaborative making, improvisation and assemblage, led by artists Jack O'Brien, Sam Cottington, Tenant of Culture and Valerie Kong.)
2018 'Read My Lips' Gran Fury, Auto Italia, (new commission from Carlos Romero. Works by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Harley Yeung Kurylowski, Otamere Guobadia)
2017 Mons Mensae Pavilion, (Poppy Moroney, Nils Alix Tabeling, James Sturkey, Alex Padfield, Samule Nicolle, Rebecca Jagoe) Art Licks Weekend
2015 Wandering Monuments, Rafal Zajko, tank.tv
2015 On Air, Ian Giles, tank.tv
2015 New Group Materialism, (General Idea, Bernadette Corporation, Lucky PDF, AIDS3D, DIS, Hito Steyerl, Shanzhai Biennial, Debora Delmar Corp, Yuri Pattison, Auto Italia, Awol Erizku, BessNYC4), tank.tv
2015 Slimeface Emoji! - Adham Faramawy & Terry Ryu Kim, tank.tv
2015 LimescaleTea - Jos Bitelli, tank.tv
2015 Meditation United - PhilippTimischl & Sarah Ortmeyer, tank.tv
2015 Exhibition No.2 - Dora Budor, tank.tv