Fuck, Where is the Mute: Leaders AGM 2021
The work presents a collection of hybrid characters [Joe Orton Paddington Bear. Alan Moore Count Duckula. Brian Clough The Brain. Kate Bush Eeyore…] who explore this particular bumbling, narcissistic self in a hyperbolised fictional space ‘The Leaders of Men’. The multi-disciplinary project [2009-present] incorporates; humdrum drawing, z-movie film, shonky animation, ill-composed collage, lucid letters, dubious typography, annoying morse code and references to Bury. Fuck…, see’s the leaders battle with 2021.
Jonathan Kelham [B. 1986] has completed Postgraduate Qualifications at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and University of Essex [UK.], he is currently undertaking an Art Practice Ph.D. at UCA. The Leaders of Men has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including Dundee Contemporary, Generator Projects, Spike Island, John Hansard Gallery & The Netherlands Institute For Sound and Vision.
Jonathan’s work predominately explores the construction of a romanticised, melancholic and self-deprecating notion of Englishness presented in the reoccurring qualities of subjective utopian philosophies.
THIS Gallery acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.