Human habits and social behaviour inform an improvised process which combines collage, painting, and installation.
I set out with a phenomenological approach to making works in an attempt to understand states of anxiety and serenity in the realms of spontaneous decision making and pre determined systems. I run experiments where the process often determines the outcome and provides a safe arena for improvisation, a place where rational procedures can co- exist alongside intuition.
Practices such as the manufacture of certain motifs, utilisation of modular grid systems and the employment of repetition are borrowed from nature and industry to create a more self-effacing visual vocabulary which is governed in part by a set of rules as opposed to human authorship. Repetition and pattern is something that has developed instinctively as a way of eliminating anxiety from my studio practice. Its nature is cyclic and oscillates between order and disorder, uncertainty overpowering certainty and vice versa.
Jo Hummel studied at Kingston University London 2001-2004 and Royal College of Art London 2004-2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Artist in Residence, Saatchi Art Lounge, during Frieze Week London 2017, joint solo Deep End Echo Sid Motion Gallery and Porcelain and Paper, CAA Gallery London during London Crafts Week 2016. Her work has been included in satellite exhibition Afternoon Teaat the 53rd Venice Biennale with WW Gallery London, Jerwood Drawing Prize London 2012 and RA Summer Exhibition London and London Art Fair 2019. Joanne was long listed for the Beers London Contemporary Visions exhibition and John Moores Painting Prize 2018, and also in recent years received a number of Arts Council Grants for the Arts awards for temporary installations and research residencies. Works by Jo Hummel are included in both public and private collections and she has a growing international collector base. Her work was featured in the Observer newspaper in an article titled ‘‘Next Generation turns its back on Emin and Hirst’s conceptual artworks’ May 2011, and ‘Picking up a Picasso is one click away’ in the Times August 2013.
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born 1982 Hampshire, England
2000 - 2001 Falmouth University
2001- 2004 Kingston University
2004 - 2006 Royal College of Art London
2018 - 2019 Turps Banana Painting School Correspondence Course
CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
The Drawing Room, Sid Motion Gallery, London, Ongoing
Safety at Sea, Solo Exhibition, After Nyne Gallery, London 4 - 19 April
Title TBC Solo Exhibition, &Gallery, Edinburgh, September
Title TBC Solo Exhibition, Nordic Art Agency, Malmo, Sweden, October
2018 DEEP END ECHO, Sid Motion Gallery, Joint Solo with Stephen Smith until 27 July
2017 Integration II , Resident Artist Saatchi Art Lounge, Old Truman Brewery, London
2016 DISORDER, Joint Solo with Laura Hathaway, K6 Gallery, Southampton
Porcelain and Paper, CAA Gallery A Collaboration with Sue Paraskeva, London, 06
may - 03 June London Crafts Week
Cardboard Castle on site installation, Bestivalfunded by Arts Council England
2015 The Farmer’s Clock, Hop Kilns Gallery, Isle of Wight funded by Arts Council England
2015 Joint Solo with Amanda Toms, Yarmouth Gallery, Isle of Wight
2014 Panic of the Human Fancy, Aspex Guildhall Gallery,Portsmouth
2013 Artist in Focus, Newashgate Gallery, Farnham
2012 Works on Paper, Back Street Arts, Sheffield
Pocket Museum, The Lightbox, Woking (Part of the Hayward collage collection
2011 Works on Paper, Arc Space, Aspex gallery, Portsmouth