Juan Cruz & Robin Jenkins
25/04/13 – 23/05/13









It is
Juan Cruz, 2013
carborundum print
49 × 75cm

It will seem a dream
Juan Cruz, 2013
carborundum print
49 × 75cm

Vie
Juan Cruz, 2013
carborundum print
49 × 75cm



Suit 1
Juan Cruz, 2013
suit
171 × 171 × 3cm

Suit 2
Juan Cruz, 2013
suit
152 × 152 × 3cm



Headphones
Juan Cruz, 2013
headphones
175 × 25 × 20cm approx.

Shoes
Juan Cruz, 2013
shoes
65 × 45 × 10cm approx.





Poseidon's Head
Robin Jenkins, 2013
wax, CCTV camera, CCTV monitor
dimensions variable





A Second on The Severn Sea

Robin Jenkins, 2012
projected video
00:06:39 [looped]





Wax Sharks
Robin Jenkins, 2013
wax
dimensions variable



Bronze Poseidon
Robin Jenkins, 2013
bronze
2.5 × 9.5 × 9.5cm



Wax Heads of Poseidon
Robin Jenkins, 2013
wax
dimensions variable


Bronze Shark
Robin Jenkins, 2013
bronze
3 × 4.5 × 10cm approx.



The doubles series asks a mid career artist to invite another artist, with whom they have some form of artistic relationship, to make an exhibition with them. In the third of the series Juan Cruz has asked Robin Jenkins to exhibit with him in a show that obliquely references personal histories through the exhibition of discrete works.

Juan Cruz is exhibiting a selection of objects, pseudo paintings and prints made in his studio over the last few years and without a specific context in mind. They extend a practice that has often developed in response to specific contextual opportunities and involved the use of various forms of text in relation to the visual.

Robin Jenkins will exhibit a selection of recent work that marks a departure from an ongoing investigation about the Severn Sea, a project based on childhood experiences and a love affair with the ocean. More recent works, still associated to the sea, consider the fears and tales that we are all familiar with, just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water.
 

Juan Cruz studied Painting and Art Theory at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Following a period of working independently as an artist and critic he took up a year-long fellowship with Kettle's Yard at the University of Cambridge which led to his first tenured academic post in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2000. He joined LJMU as Head of Art in 2008 and was appointed Director of the School of Art and Design at LJMU in 2012. Recent exhibitions include 'Terminal Convention', Cork, Ireland 2011; 'Translating: Chapter 3 Centre for the Study of World Civilisations', Tokyo Institute of Technology 2010; 'On Second Reading', Galeria Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona 2009; 'Translating: Chapter Two', Crate, Margate 2009; 'Mensch', Edinburgh International Festival 2009 and 'Squatters', Murcia, Spain 2008. Cruz is represented by Matt's Gallery.

Robin Jenkins studied at The Architectural Association in London. First experiences of working involved being a project managing architect for Giorgio Armani, designing a show room for Paul Smith in New York and consulting on a project in Hong Kong for Manolo Blahnik. Robin started working in education in 2005, at secondary level and then later in the same year as a guest lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Currently he is working full time across the BA and MA level of the Interior and Spatial Design course at Chelsea. Recent exhibitions include 'Film as Measure', Chelsea College of Art and Design; 'A Second on The Severn Sea', Test Bed 1, London 2012. 'H2O' Future Space, London 2011. Robin will also be partaking in a joint show at The Chopping Block during May in Brixton, London.