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Jonathan Michael Ray: Mono No Aware
Auction House 5.11.21-14.11.21
It aint jus behynt us its all roun us (2021) stained glass fragments, lead, oak, chain 71.5x30cm (leaded glass without gibbet)
Landslip, St. Wite, (2020) paper, wax, cement, plaster, found objects, spring water from St Wite’s Well, Charmouth clay, windfall oak, and Shapwich Chalk dimensions variable
At the Root (2020) HD Video, colour and sound 13m22s Sound by Benedict Mortimer
Umbra sicut hominis vita (A person’s life is like a shadow) (2021) handblown bottle, magic lantern slide, iron key, scallop shell, slate, glass, steel 35x20x45cm
Ere long done do does did (2021) Slate and ink 87x61.5cm
The title of the show translates as “the pathos of things”: a Japanese term for an awareness of, and gentle sadness for the transient quality of life. Ray’s work in this installation is inspired by ideas of sacred spaces: including churches, historic sites, nature and museum collections, and considers the journeys and pilgrimages we all make in our lives. His work alludes to the sublime power that inanimate material and objects can contain when we give them space, time and authority to do so.
Jonathan Michael Ray (b1984, High Wycombe, UK) has been based in West Cornwall since 2018. He studied at Nottingham Trent in 2007 and at Slade School of Fine Art in 2016. Earlier this year Ray was selected to take part in Masterclass at Zabludowicz Collection, London, he and Verity Birt organised "Gathering" a group exhibition at Grays Wharf, Penryn, and has been shortlisted for the National Sculpture Prize which is currently on show at Broomhill Estate in Devon.
Special thanks to Benedict Mortimer for creating the music for At The Root, and Martin Holman for his accompanying text Hidden Voices'.