JACK BROWN

b. 1979

Jack is based in Manchester and his work focuses on interventions and highlighting the mundane. He works across a wide range of mediums. The work Jack has with SEAM include found notes that he transforms into silk hankies and prints made from the grease marks left by passengers hair on bus windows.

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Land Lark Series

Jack Brown has created a series of relief works by pressing found objects into floral foam. Initially collected from park spaces and later industrial estates these objects hint at peripheral activities, each with it’s own story or history. The resulting foam impressions tell of objects discarded, re-see, recorded and somehow memorialise.

Jack Brown makes work about “the overlooked, things that should be given more than a passing glance, and moments that would benefit from magnification”. For the first work in this series Jack sought out evidence of the hidden behaviours in public parks by exploring as many of the 60 plus parks and green spaces across the city in Manchester as he could. Seeking to avoid busier areas, Jack followed ‘desire lines’ – the unofficial paths and tracks made by people and animals in open spaces. His explorations led him to the peripheries, under brambles, into bushes, and through holes in fences – investigating the more playful, mischievous or deviant narratives of public spaces.

During these encounters with secret dens, animal tracks, rope swings and dead ends throughout the city, Jack collected both found objects and video/audio recordings to create these four artworks. Bottletops, wallets, keyrings, litter, rocks, twigs, and other personal items found their way into his pockets – each hinting at former human (or animal) activity. These items were pressed into large tiled sheets of floral foam, leaving indents and impressions in the installation Green space floral foams. These insignificant items take on a new persona and invite speculation: Was the destroyed wallet dropped by accident, or on purpose after a theft? What are the more abstracted and unrecognisable forms? A tool, weapon, device, an important memento or something more innocuous? Together they offer a time capsule of some of the current everyday behaviours in parks.

The ‘Land Lark’ works continue this thread of urban exploration, transposing the process to the industrial estates of South London. Brown made these works by collection objects from the outside spaces of small industrial units and artists studios. Each panel becomes a composition of objects and mini stories, retelling the activities of that specific environment via the impressions these items leave in the foam. Brown chose to return the objects he used back to there original locations once they had been used, therefore extending the works beyond their own physical space, the objects still somehow part of the works but now removed and back in the world.

Land Lark, Broken Lock

2021

Oasis Floral foam. Absorbent foam - patented to Oasis foam products

99 × 60 × 6 cm

Land Lark, Castor and Pipe

2021

Oasis Floral foam. Absorbent foam - patented to Oasis foam products

99 × 60 × 6 cm

Land Lark, Toothbrush

2021

Oasis Floral foam. Absorbent foam - patented to Oasis foam products

99 × 60 × 6 cm

Land Lark, Switch and Screwdriver

2021

Oasis Floral foam. Absorbent foam - patented to Oasis foam products

99 × 60 × 6 cm