My practice is an transmedia enquiry of the body and the skin, and involves probing the interfaces with which that body connects with the world. The method revolves around instinctive exploration and scientific experimentation.
The projects are driven by interaction with others, jointly questioning aspects of our multiple selves, and are highly collaborative, progressing through stages, built on our shared sense of otherness. I use the term Theatre of Selfs as my practice is a dialogue with my collaborators, their aspects are used to explore or confront aspects of myself.
Since Jonathan finished his MA in 2015, the film Infinite Surface was selected for 3 festivals in Australia. Stemming from the collaboration with Prof. Richard Sawdon Smith, the film challenges the stigma of living with HIV. In February, Mappa Corpo, which opens the body like an atlas, was shown in Madrid during ARCO. Later the Guildhall Art Gallery choose two works which confronted colonialism into the collection of the City of London Corporation.
Mappa Mundi Inscribed about the subject’s view of the world from his perspective of disability, devote catholicism and sexuality, was selected for Exceptional 2017. During June/July 2017, working with curator Michael Petry, Jonathan was lead organiser of Now, where are we? 1967-2017, a critical response to Queer British Art at Tate Britain. Jonathan was then invited to re-present the exhibition at Dartington Hall in September. In parallel, Infinite Surface was selected for Sadie Lee’s show In Your Face.
In October 2017, Jonathan was invited to show 7 new/existing works at All Our Tomorrows, part of King’s College Arts Festival.
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2013-15, MA in Fine Art, City and Guilds School of Art, London.
2012-13, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, City Lit College, London.
Previously, BSc Engineering, University of Bath.
21st June to 3rd October 2018, Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
26th June to 1st July 2018, That shadow of a shadow, Old Brompton Gallery, London.
2017, All our tomorrows… conference, Anatomy Theatre King’s College, London.
2017, Dartington Outing, Dartington Hall, Devon.
2017, In Your Face, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury.
2017, Summer Salon, Lubomirov Angus Hughes, London.
2017, GPN17, Hackney Wick, London.
2017, Now, where are we? 1967-2017, Strand Gallery, London.
2017, Federation Square public viewing, Melbourne.
2017, Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
2017, Midsummer Horizon Testing Grounds, Melbourne.
2017, Visiting Lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts.
2017, Melt Festival, Brisbane.
2017, Heaps Mardi Gras, Sydney.
2016, Uncertain States, Mile End Arts Pavilion, London.
2016, Indelible, Camden Image Gallery, London.
2016, Money and Power, Guildhall Art Gallery, London.
2016, DeArte, Palacio Neptuno, Madrid.
2015, Re:Defining Beauty, Leyden Gallery, London.
2015, 1 plus 3 skins, C&G Art School, London.
2015, 16/15, Muse Gallery, London.
All our tomorrows…, Anatomy Theatre King’s College, London, October 2017.
Now, where are we? 1967-2017, Strand Gallery, London, June-July 2017
The Lord Mayor of City of Westminster Ian Adams holding an original copy of the Wolfenden Report, with the team that delivered “Now, where are we? 1967-2017”.
Jonathan Armour, Guy Burch, Kevin Childs, Jonathan Cooper, Brian Dennis, Richard Dickson, Santiago Echeverry, Franc-off GodeVi, Sunil Gupta, Charan Singh, Angel Ito, Brad Kenny, Michael Petry, Richard Sawdon Smith, Milan Svanderlik.
“Exceptional”, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, February 2017
“DeArte”, Madrid, February 2016