Sculpture 30 January artist of the Month was the brilliant, Gateshead based artist Jo Coupe.
But before we chat more about Jo, I’m going to let you into a little secret – before I began working on Sculpture 30 and meeting/working with all these artists, I had no idea a secret artistic haven existed called The Work Place Gallery, right here in Gateshead. I’ve lived here all my life and even work in the creative sector and yet, right on my very doorstep, this brilliant place has been overlooked.
This secret gallery is rather exclusive and only open for viewing when exhibitions are on – but it is definitely worth the wait and adding this venue to your culture vulture trial! Sign up to their mailing list for information about forthcoming exhibitions. Also, Work Place is often a Late Shows venue….
Jo Coupe at work at The Work Place Gallery
The Work Place Gallery, Gateshead is home and creative base for Jo Coupe, our January Sculpture 30 artist of the month. Jo creates works with a sculptural sensibility in a wide variety of media, from photography to installation, video and objects.
Jo Coupe – Solid Air 2012
Jo was born in 1975, Stoke-on Trent and is a BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate from Newcastle University and an MA Fine Art graduate from Goldsmiths College. She now works from her converted garage, frequently consulting experts in various areas.
She has had many solo exhibitions regionally and nationally, alongside residencies from as far away as Japan and been a bit of group exhibitions impressively in New York and more recently Florida! Jo Coupe’s projects have included a temporary commission for Locus +, a residency in Grizedale Forest and a group show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Jo Coupe – Supernature 2011
Jo Coupe’s work revels in the transience of life, seeks out poetry in the ordinary and draws attention to complex cycles of growth and decay. Her eclectic interests, from jewellery to fungi unite, producing fantastic creations, which highlight the process of degeneration.
Jo Coupe – Ultraviolet 2009
Jo’s involvement with Sculpture 30 involves her running a workshop with a group from the Level 3 Art and Design course at Gateshead College on 22nd February 15. Her knowledge, experience and creative practice is an asset to their learning and development of their practices.
Jo is working with the students on a half-day project, called ‘Growing a sculpture’, where they’ll be using repeating elements to create a piece of work.
For the session, all the students have been given a brief to bring at least 30 (pretty much) identical objects; organic, discarded, gathered or mass-produced things. This project is an opportunity to think about the language of objects; what memories different materials can trigger and how to make them say what you want through building a sculpture using some basic construction materials.
It sounds like a really interesting session and I can’t wait to see the pictorial results.
Jo Coupe – Rarefied (Phalaenopsis lobii) 2008
Jo was most recently involved in Object Relations at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle, Wednesday 3- Sunday 7 February 2016. Object Relations was part of the Figure Three project which offers a platform for artists to test and develop their work in the public domain.
Artists Tanya Axford, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jennifer Douglas and Jo Coupe brought together a collection of recent, un-shown or in-progress works to collectively curate and install their show through a process of discussion, observation, shared dialogue and making. This culminated on Sunday 7 February with a closing event; an opportunity to see the final outcome of the exhibition process.
Object Relations (in progress) 2016
Thanks for reading; as always if you’re interested in Sculpture 30 drop me an email at CBSArtsTeam@gateshead.gov.uk .