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Jonathan Callan; Poem

Jonathan Callan: Poem

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Edition of 50

In Poem Callan experimented with laser cutting for the first time. The text of Poem is cut out of the page using Macken Discharge Carbon Dioxide lasers; then bound into a book approximately half way through. He then extrudes clear silicone through the text.

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About the Edition

Jonathan Callan’s fascination with materiality has manifested itself in dismembered books, texts, maps and photographs often choosing to work with objects and images that in themselves are considered to have little or no inherent physicality. He painstakingly amplifies the physical aspects of photographic emulsion, printed texts, printed colour plates and maps.

In Poem Callan experimented with laser cutting for the first time. The text of Poem is cut out of the page using Macken Discharge Carbon Dioxide lasers; then bound into a book approximately half way through. He then extrudes clear silicone through the text.

Most of my preoccupations are based around studies and experiments with materiality. I try to engineer situations where I can begin to improvise ‘conversations’ with stuff. The work is the result, regardless of scale, of investigations into the inherent physicality of a particular material, process or situation. Silicone seems to behave with both the viscosity of paint and the physical characteristics of gelatinous plastic. Text becomes fluid, as if hand-written, it also becomes literally embodied. In some ways I see text as a carrier of second hand information. Perhaps I’m trying to make it into an object of first hand experience.

Additional Information

Weight 4.3 kg
Dimensions 19 x 6.5 x 14.5 cm
Edition size

50

Materials

Laser-cut book with silicone

Date

2000

Jonathan Callan lives and works in London.

Jonathan Callan lives and works in London.

He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include COLONY, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, 2016; VACATION (Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels, 2015), BIND (Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NYC (2013)), ’PROSPERO (Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen (2012); SET (Martin Kudlek, Cologne, 2012).

Callan’s work is included in numerous collections including MOMA, New York, The British Museum, The British Council, The Henry Moore Institute, South London Gallery, and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.jonathancallan.com