Jonathan Owen

Untitled

About this artwork

Owen’s work focuses on transformation, and his drawings use tools to ‘carve’ ink away from the paper rather than add it to the surface. This work is one of a series in which the artist has altered the pages of a book on public sculpture. From each image a public statue has been rubbed out to form an inanimate background, and the details of the scene it inhabited have been removed. Despite knowing that the task could easily be accomplished with computer programs like Photoshop, Owen values the inevitable imperfections that arise when the process is done with an ordinary eraser. In these drawings Owen performs a subtle form of vandalism, transforming the simple and everyday into the ghostly and enigmatic - the residual traces left behind leave clues as to what was once there.

  • title:
    Untitled
  • accession number:
    GMA 5088
  • artist:
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  • materials:
    Partially erased book page
  • date created:
    2008
  • measurements:
    (framed: 40.00 x 33.00 x 3.30 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2009
  • copyright:
    Copyright The Artist
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen