British born artist Ben Jack Nash is best known for his ghostly sculptures and installations that remove the cause to leave behind their effect – a shaft of light with no source, a shadow without its object or a blowing curtain with no wind. Often appearing integrated with their surroundings or displaced from somewhere else, he uses familiar architectural thresholds such as doors, windows or blinds.  He asks us to reject the distracting idea of individual separate entities in favour of a world of infinite overlaps that migrate stealthily from state to state. He applies this to our physical environment but also to social contexts such as art and culture.

He says that art is ‘ the subconscious of society that starts in the outer world, makes its way into someone’s inner world then is spat out to make up part of our outer world again. It is simply not possible or desirable to identify precisely where or when these worlds silently collide, only that we can deduce they are there’.

 


 

 

Education

 

2002 MA University of Nottingham

2001 MA Sciences-Po, Lille

2000 BA Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2014       Standby, Zwingenberg public art gallery, Alsbach, Germany

2013       Kayserguet (Kartier Nord), Pavillion Henri-Louis Kayser, Strasbourg, France

2012       Sculpted Colour, Galerie Planet Theatre, Strasbourg, France

2012       Jeunes Artistes, Galerie Quédar (now Galerie Art’Course), Strasbourg, France

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2016       Regionale 17, Cargo, Basel, Switzerland

2016       Arte Laguna, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

2015       Creekside Open (curated by Richard Deacon), APT Gallery, London, UK

2015       The Open West, The Wilson Contemporary, Cheltenham, UK

2014       [In]visible, Shape Gallery, London, UK

2014       Wells Art Contemporary (curated by Richard Wentworth/ Anita Taylor/ Donald Smith)

              Wells and Mendip Museum, UK

2014       Verve Sculpture Prize, Loud and Western, London, UK

2014       Showcase, Nesta Headquarters, London, UK (here)

2013       Je Crise, Tu Crise, Nous Luttons; Jarnis Médiathèque, Moselle, France (here)

2013       Aesthetica Art Prize, York St. Mary’s, York, UK (here)

2013       Borders, Iranian Culture Festival, The Art’s Complex Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (here)

2012       Hybrid Identities, Gallery Scoletta di San Giovanni Battista, Venice, Italy (here)

2012       Global Village, Bronden Strand Centrum, Copenhagen, Denmark (here)

2012       Backlash, Soho20 Gallery, New York, US (here)

2012       Hidden cities, Hotel Ripa, Rome, Italy

2012       Kodina, Arbeit Gallery, London, UK

2012       Global Village, Château de Sully, Borgogne, France (here)

2012       Global Village, Projekt  72, Alkmaar, Netherlands

2012       Cultural Identity, Palazzo Albrizzi Gallery, Venice, Italy

 

Commissions

 

2013       Nour Festival of Arts and Culture, Chelsea Old Town Hall,  installation for launch

              of festival; Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London (here)

2012       Book jacket, ‘Islamic Veiling in Legal Discourse’, Routledge publishers (here)

2012       The Council of Europe, wall installation, Strasbourg, France

 

Prizes & Awards

 

2017       La Dînée, Accélérateur de Particules, Strasbourg , France, project winner

2016       Arte Laguna, Venice, installation and sculpture, finalist

2016       IEAA, Dubai (art fair),  shortlist

2015       Bloom Award, Cologne, Germany, nominee

2015       Les Ateliers Ouverts, ‘ Parcours Choisis’ (selected artist), Strasbourg, France

2015       Xerxes Sculpture Prize, Serpentine Gallery, London, selected finalist

2014       Shape Open, London, finalist (juried by Yinka Shonibare)

2014       WAC, Somerset, finalist

2014       Verve Sculpture Prize, London, runner-up

2013       Aesthetica Magazine Art Prize, three dimensional design & sculpture, finalist

2013       Design and Artists Copyright Society award

2012       Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, finalist

2012       Winner, Young Artists’ Prize, Galerie Quédar, Strasbourg, France

 

Publications, Reviews and Conferences

 

2015       The Open West, Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham, conference

2015       Shape Arts, interview for website (here)

2014       Bergsträsser Anzieger (German newspaper), review of solo show

2013       Aesthetica Magazine (UK) (Issue 51 February/ March)

2013       Aesthetica Magazine Anthology “100 Contemporary Artists” (here)

2013       Aesthetica Magazine, Interview for online version (here)

2012       Feminism between East and West, conference, Arbeit Gallery, London

2012       Routledge publishers (UK) (here)

2012       Creative Works Annual, ‘Aesthetica’ magazine

2012       Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace (French newspaper)