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An exhibition of work by Phillip Harvey and Jonathan Cole. Jon had got to know Phillip via Caroline and they had spent a lot of time together in Barcelona and afterwards. Jon admired Phillip's painting process and there were several overlaps between each painters approach and methods.
This was the first time we encountered the dramatic Mohammed Ali paintings and the installation of Jon's studio floor, which with its accumulated painterly accretions, bore testimony to Jon's labour.
Jon was involved as a lead Artist in this Art Works project in partnership with Hazel Court Secondary School FE Department and the Causeway school in Eastbourne. Project India provided an opportunity for the Art Works team to work with pupils of secondary school age. The project was named after a Hazel Court pupil called India O'Sullivan.
In these stills, Jon is working with Cherry Laine at Hazel Court School. They are taken from a Project Art Works film made in 2006 by Tim Corrigan. The Project concept, workshops and artistic direction were by Jon, Tim Corrigan, Kate Adams and Caroline LeBreton. The Project began in September 2000 and finished in September 2003. A publication that documented the project was written and designed by Kate Adams and Jon.
St Bartholomew's Church Brighton
Jon was keen to show his latest work in the context of a church, especially since he had recently compiled a series of paintings of Jesus called the Santa Maria del Mar Series. The title also happens to be the name of an imposing church in Barcelona. A place that Jon visited on numerous occasions whilst on a travelling scholarship in 1995. This Gothic church is almost devoid of imagery, unusual when compared to Barcelona's other large gothic churches.
In contrast with the church's exterior, the interior gives an impression of light and spaciousness.
Santa Maria Del Mar Series
Jon wrote the following statement for this exhibition:
'Painting has always been about joy and about sorrow.
The Paintings are an investigation of how appearance is influenced by the addition and subtraction of colour.
Painting is a form of representation and the result of accretion. Or. the outcome of an attempt to paint single, flat objects which have an illusory appearance and which may function as immotive areas in space. What becomes apparent is dependant on that space as an idea. Painting for me is somewhere between a bird and a fly'.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to show in this beautiful church, and would like to thank father Vic and my brother Phil”
Exercise No.7 (a b and c)
He exhibited the following 33 works:
Exercise No.1 and Exercise No.2
Exercise No.4 and Exercise No.6
Exercise No.8 (a and b)
Christopher series ( 3 of the 4 exhibited)
I think that the decision to exhibit 33 paintings was intentional on Jon's part - Philip Cole
Imagebox was a large cuboid lightbox that Jon helped to design in association with Urban Projects. It used mirrors and four data projectors to show films that were back projected from within. This meant that four different sequences could be shown simultaneously.
Films from Project Craig were shown.
Imagebox was installed in the Brighton Pavilion Gardens, Brighton for the year 2000 May Arts Festival and then also at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich and Woolwich Town Hall in London.
Project Craig began as a series of art workshops for children, young people and their carers in London and the South East. Video footage of the workshops was edited in consultation with the participating groups and the resulting films were shown on Imagebox, in public spaces, in the participants' own communities.