Jonathan Michael Ray
Up Against The Rocks, 2018
No memory of ... luton, 2018
Jonathan Michael Ray (b.1984) lives and works in St Ives, Cornwall. Informed by the act of looking, Jonathan’s art practice largely comprises of works in video, photography, drawing, print and installation.
"The work I make has always been contingent upon, and deeply linked to my surroundings, and I am continuously referencing the landscape, history and environment around me. I see all objects and places as imbued with a sense of memory, and I’m especially drawn to those which seem to have lost their exact meaning, or appear flat and are easily overlooked.
By breaking down the process by which we see things, and addressing the things that remain unseen, my work focusses on looking beyond what we look for when we look. This comes from thinking that if I take the time to look at everything equally, and indeed, more so at the things that get forgotten, then I may be able to make some sense of this world and all the things that surround us".
Jonathan studied a BA Hons in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and subsequently an MFA in Fine Art Media at Slade School of Fine Art, London.
He was artist in residence at HKBU, Hong Kong, in 2016 and he has been awarded the Porthmeor Studios Graduate Workspace Award supported by the European Regional Development Fund, via Cultivator, 2018-19.
It sounds like it weighs a ton, Garden Walk, London (2018)
Beneath and Between, White Crypt Gallery, London (2017)
Material Light, Kochi Biennial, India (2017)
Clifford Chance Postgraduate Printmaking Exhibition, Clifford Chance, London (2016)
White Cube Staff Show, White Cube Gallery, London (2016)
Peckham Arts Festival 2016 – SE15, London (2016)
Floating Worlds, Safehouse1, London (2016)
A Cave With A View, Charlton Gallery, London (2016)
Making Do, Slade School of Fine Art UCL, London (2016)
Slade MA / MFA Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art UCL, London (2016)
Imagine, Londonewcastle Arts Program, London (2015)
Nuit Blanche - Fête d’art forain contemporain, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, Canada (2014)
Le Studio Show, Galerie Bifurski, Montréal, Canada (2013)
Topographie, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, Canada (2012)
An Acquisition of an Accumulation, 2017
Time At Hogchester Arts
Residency period - November 2019
Summary to follow post residency