Jonathan Callan - Idiot Compression

Paper, 2009. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Jonathan Callan - Idiot Compression

Paper, 2009. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Jonathan Callan - The Birth and Death of Meaning in Clingfilm

Paper and clingfilm, 2015. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Jonathan Callan - Tomb for 71 Volumes

Paper and plaster, 2011. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Jonathan Callan

Jonathan Callan's work is driven by a fascination with materiality. Often accumulative in process, the works confront the endless interiority of objects. Preoccupied with language and its limitations, Callan often works with text - books, maps or photographs - as a source material. No longer a secondhand carrier of information, text is turned into an object of first experience. His methodology consists of amplifying the physical aspects of the object by embedding or dissolving until the original form is barely identifiable. Through this sometimes violent, often obsessive process, Callan develops a system of inquiry, which both drives the work and generates meaning.

His work is included in numerous private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The British Museum, London, The Henry Moore Institute, South London Gallery, London, and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

www.jonathancallan.com

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