Hilary Jack

Statement 2009

Hilary Jack works across media in research based projects which often involve the collection, and repair of broken and discarded material collected from city streets, charity shops and ebay. The objects she is drawn to are imbued with a strong sense of human presence and reference the increasingly accelerated journey objects take from production to consumption, obsolescence and decay.

Discarded broken umbrellas collected from city streets after rainfall are repaired and returned to their original location; a torn page of a book found in the street is reconstructed; discarded broken furniture and trinkets are mended and brought together to form sculptural installations.

The work takes on a mildly activist edge, sometimes parodying ineffectual attempts by governments, organisations and individuals at societal and environmental improvements, and highlights the inadequacy of action in the face of mass consumption and global waste.

With world economies in free fall, recycling policies in crisis and society being forced to adopt a make do and mend approach the work has a particularly current resonance.

Hilary Jack has recently been included in group shows most recently in The tatton Biennial of Contemporary Art 2012; Castleffield Gallery Manchester; The Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; at CUBE, Manchester; at Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin, in Conflux 06, New York and at Transition Gallery London.
Upcoming exhibitions/commissions include; Empty Nest at Compton Verney, Warwickshire.

With Paul Harfleet, Hilary was co founder of Apartment an exhibition and project space in a one bed flat on the sixth floor of a sixties tower block in central Manchester in 2003.

www.hilaryjack.blogspot.com www.apartmentmanchester.blogspot.com




Hilary Jack
Education
September 2003
TIPP (Tihany Residential International Post Graduate Programme) Goldsmiths College, London in conjunction with The Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary.
2002-2003
MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.
1993-1995
BA(hons) Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.(upper second)
Selected Exhibitions.
2009
The Social Lives of Objects, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
Dumb Objects, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool.
The Kiss of a Lifetime, Rogue Studios, Manchester (touring to Vane, Newcastle, Bearspace, London)
Making and Mending, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Bury St Edmunds.
Sale, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
2008
Sex and Witchcraft, group show Transition Gallery, London, accompanying essay by Gary Lachman.
Axisweb Event, in collaboration with Sally O Reilly, Manchester.
One Minute, The Directors Lounge, Berlin, and venues tbc in Prague, Rurh, St Petersberg, London and Manchester curated by Kerry Baldry.
2007
Meeting Point, group show selected by Axel Lapp, Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin.
E8, Transition Gallery, London, group curated by Cathy Lomax, (catalogue) accompanying essay by Dr Amanda Ravetz.
Extreme Crafts, Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, curated by Catherine Hemelryk and Jennie Syson.
One Minute, Candid Arts Trust, London curated by Kerry Baldry (video programme shown in various venues throughout Europe).
2006
Conflux 06, multi site art exhibition, New York, www.glowlab.com, curated by Christina Ray and Sarah Pace.
Supernature, off site residency at Transition Gallery, curated by Cathy Lomax
2005
Turquoise Bag in a Tree, video installation and sculptural inventions commissioned by Cornerhouse Manchester for The Bigger Picture, Exchange Square, Manchester,(selectors Kathy Rae Huffman, Cornerhouse, Kate Taylor, The Bigger Picture, ICA Film Festival)
2004
Surveillance group show, Three Colts Gallery, London.
Do Something For Floating Ip, Floating Ip, Manchester.
Gallery 32, London W1, London Biennial of Contemporary Art 04
Art Trans Pennine, Trans Pennine Region, curated by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson. www.artranspennine04.org.uk/
2003
TIPP, Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest. Curated by Beata Veszely and David Wilkinson, Goldsmiths College London.
Dark and Disturbing Things Ov Arup, Manchester.
The Eve of Destruction curated by Vilma Gold at International 3
Beyond The Endgame, Manchester Art Gallery (catalogue)
Thermo 03, The Lowry, Salford.
Ladies Only, Liverpool Bienniale of Contemporary Art, (Independents) curated by Caroline Black.

Bursary Places
Overlap Symposium, 2004, awarded by Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest and Goldsmiths London.
The Wrong Place Conference, 2005, Situations, awarded by Claire Doherty, UWE, Bristol.
Nominations
Becks Futures 2002, and 2003