“…………The wall-mounted sculptures in the exhibition are part of a body of work that I call “Sculpture after Sculpture.” The idea of the work is to present sculpture with a complex set of associations, from basic mould-making, to line drawing, painting, sculpture, calligraphy…. The form of the work is in fact a mould of another object. The work is also meant to make historical reference to the “poetry” of arte povera, the “chance” of surrealism, the “phenomenology” of minimalism, and the “activity” of process art.
The free standing sculptures combine aspects of historical sculpture, particularly the reductive geometric abstraction of the Russian avant-garde, with a more personal relation to ink drawing in the form of Chinese calligraphy on paper, which I have been learning……….. Further, the scale of the sculpture and the shared floor space with the beholder, give their objecthood a sense of surrogate people with a strong connection to the the human body.”
Jack Jeffrey lives in Vancouver where he works in a variety of disciplines including sculpture, installation, video, writing and music. His work often shows a playful, subtle, yet critical treatment of everyday objects and spaces. Jeffrey has exhibited extensively, including in Canada, Europe, Australia and China – most recently in the exhibitions, “nous reviendrons, vous reviendrez,” in the Préfecture des Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille, and, “édification,” touring Galerie du Tableau, Marseille, Schneiderei Gallery, Vienna, and CSA Space, Vancouver.
To make work in various cultural contexts he has participated in numerous international residencies which have included the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, International Artist Studio, Poznan, Poland, Triangle France, Marseille, the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, and the Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai.
Jeffrey studied at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and the University of British Columbia before pursuing a full-time art practice. In 1988 he was appointed as an Associate Professor in Visual Arts at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver where he taught until 2009 – since then he has continued his ongoing studio work.
— Thank you Red Gate Arts Society for their support.