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Jonathan Owen

British, b. 1973

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Jonathan Owen

British, b. 1973

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Jonathan Owen’s art-making practice harnesses the power of reduction to reveal the essence of an artwork. Using a basic eraser, he makes two-dimensional “carvings” into preexisting photographs published in books. His work, which has been described as a kind of “elegant vandalism,” is both transformative and subtractive; it contains palimpsests and traces but no definitive evidence of the original images. Owen also incises already formed three-dimensional statues, bringing out the latent abstract forms and negative space within.

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Biography

Jonathan Owen’s art-making practice harnesses the power of reduction to reveal the essence of an artwork. Using a basic eraser, he makes two-dimensional “carvings” into preexisting photographs published in books. His work, which has been described as a kind of “elegant vandalism,” is both transformative and subtractive; it contains palimpsests and traces but no definitive evidence of the original images. Owen also incises already formed three-dimensional statues, bringing out the latent abstract forms and negative space within.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Jonathan Owen
Jonathan Owen’s Defaced Photos & Sculptures Are Surreal, Puzzle-Like Objects
Dec 8th, 2014
Jonathan Owen’s Defaced Photos & Sculptures Are Surreal, Puzzle-Like Objects
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