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Ben Jack Nash is a British artist working in sculpture, installation and performance on small scale projects and larger architectural interventions. He often defers to objects and subject matters which hover at a threshold, blending or conflating overlapping situations and oscillating their identity. Of particular interest is where matter starts to change its identity from a more material to a more abstract identity according to its internal and external relationships. This engenders a shift with its interaction with space which influences its nature and characteristics for example from familiar to alien or from function to uselessness.  Despite its profound influence, we are not able to detect or access these moments directly most likely because we are too restricted by our own cognitive limits.  

The finished artwork is merely a consequence, residue, by-product or impression. These objects now appear independent of their cause seemingly in defiance of the laws of natural physics and endowed with a renewed potential - a reflection, shaft of light, shadow or gust of air.

 

 

 

b. 1978 (UK)

Lives and works in Strasbourg and London

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Education

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2002  MA University of Nottingham - UK

2001   DEP Sciences-Po, Lille - FR

2000  BA Manchester Metropolitan University - UK

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Solo shows/ Commissions

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2019        Almost...but not quite, Radial gallery, Strasbourg - FR

2018       Les Résidus du Vide/ Leftover from the Void, Reichshoffen abandoned synagogue - FR

2016       Council of Europe, Strasbourg - FR

2014       Standby, Zwingenberg public art gallery, Alsbach  - GER

2013       Kayserguet (Kartier Nord), Pavillion Henri-Louis Kayser, Strasbourg - FR

2013       Nour Festival of Arts and Culture, Chelsea Old Town Hall,  installation for launch

                 of festival; Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London  (here)  - UK

2012       Sculpted Colour, Galerie Planet Theatre, Strasbourg - FR

2012       Jeunes Artistes, Galerie Quédar (now Galerie Art’Course), Strasbourg - FR

2012       Book jacket, ‘Islamic Veiling in Legal Discourse’, Routledge publishers (here) - UK

2012       The Council of Europe, wall installation, Strasbourg - FR

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Selected Group Shows

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2019       Summer Exhibition, Radial gallery, Strasbourg - FR

2019       ...lieraterlieratel..., les ateliers ouverts, Bastion XIV, Strasbourg - FR

2016       Regionale 17, Cargo, Basel - CZ

2016       Arte Laguna, Arsenale, Venice - IT

2015       Creekside Open (curated by Richard Deacon), APT Gallery, London - UK

2015       The Open West, The Wilson Contemporary, Cheltenham - UK

2014       [In]visible, Shape Gallery, London - UK

2014       Wells Art Contemporary (curated by Richard Wentworth/ Anita Taylor/ Donald

                 Smith), Wells and Mendip Museum - UK

2014        Verve Sculpture Prize, Loud and Western, London

2014        Showcase, Nesta Headquarters, London (here) - UK

2013        Je Crise, Tu Crise, Nous Luttons; Jarnis Médiathèque, Moselle (here) - FR

2013        Aesthetica Art Prize, York St. Mary’s, York (here) - UK

2013        Borders, Iranian Culture Festival, The Art’s Complex Gallery, Edinburgh - UK

2012        Hybrid Identities, Gallery Scoletta di San Giovanni Battista, Venice (here) - UK

2012        Global Village, Bronden Strand Centrum, Copenhagen (here) - DK

2012        Backlash, Soho20 Gallery, New York (here) - US

2012        Hidden cities, Hotel Ripa, Rome - IT

2012        Kodina, Arbeit Gallery, London - UK

2012        Global Village, Château de Sully, Borgogne (here) - FR

2012        Global Village, Projekt  72, Alkmaar - NL

2012        Cultural Identity, Palazzo Albrizzi Gallery, Venice - IT

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Prizes and Awards

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2017       La Dînée, Accélérateur de Particules, Strasbourg , project winner - FR

2017       Individual artistic creation (aide individuelle a la création), Grand Est region - FR

2016       Arte Laguna, Venice, installation and sculpture, finalist - IT

2016       IEAA, Dubai (art fair),  shortlist - UAE

2015       Xerxes Sculpture Prize, Serpentine Gallery, London, selected finalist - UK

2014       Shape Open, London, finalist (juried by Yinka Shonibare) - UK

2014       WAC, Somerset, finalist - UK

2014       Verve Sculpture Prize, London, runner-up - UK

2013       Aesthetica Magazine Art Prize, three dimensional design & sculpture, finalist - UK

2013       Design and Artists Copyright Society award - UK

2012       Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, finalist - UK

2012       Young Artists’ Prize, Galerie Quédar, Strasbourg, winner - FR

2015/ 2018/ 2019 Les Ateliers Ouverts, ‘ Parcours Choisis’ (selected artist), Strasbourg - FR

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Conferences and Seminars

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2020      Aesthetics of Decay, LCIR, St. Anne's college, University of Oxford - UK

2020      Culturgest, Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax (Max Planck Institute/ Haus der Kulturen der Welt) - PT

2019       The EU and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), Euroacademia, Gent - B

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Publications and Reviews

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 Aesthetica Magazine; Aesthetica Magazine Anthology “100 Contemporary Artists” ; The Wilson Galllery and Museum;  Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace; Routledge UK; Bergsträsser Anzieger (Germany), Coze magazine (Fr); Point contemporain (Fr); Nesta UK; Versant Est

 

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Collections and Grants

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Salomon Foundation; Passions Alsace Foundation; Région Grand Est; Accélerateur des Particules; Région des Parc des Vosges du Nord; CIBR; Arts Council UK