Julie Cockburn - The Foul Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
As part of the John Jones sponsorship for the Salon Art Prize 2011, we offered the winning artist Julie Cockburn the opportunity to exhibit a solo show at the John Jones Gallery Space between June 23rd and July 23rd 2011. Cockburn’s mixed media works transform idealised models of their time, carefully obliterating them with collaged or stitched bindings. As if highlighting something invisible in the original text, Cockburn reveals a drama of the everyman through a manipulation of found photographic and painted portraits. Traditionally portraiture was used to convey the status of the depicted: their role, their beauty, their assets, their power, how we wish others to see and think of us. However, Cockburn denies the viewer the ability to connect with the subjects in this way, and they remain riddles of identity. The works are meticulous, carefully sourced and appropriated, playing with the contrasts between mass-produced and hand crafted, perfection and deformity. The collection offers a quiet, fragile, fragmented and very human condition, which presented the John Jones team with the exciting challenge of ensuring that the delicate nature of the work was not compromised by our framing solution. The collection was extremely well received at John Jones, which also hosted a successful private view to showcase the images.
John Jones Gallery, 4 Morris Place, London, N4 3JG
A selecxtion of artworks from 'The Foul Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart' by Julie Cockburn