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Jo Coupe, After the rain, 2014
Overview

Jo Coupe creates sculptural works in a wide variety of materials and media that explore the relationships between science and magic. Employing the homespun experimental methodologies of the amateur scientist to recreate supernatural manifestations and transient natural phenomena. Articulated through a holistic knowledge of the natural world and its poetic resonance, Coupe’s work takes on a political significance by conflating opposing positions of hard science with folk ritual and the stereotypically gendered environments of heavy industry and the home.

 

Informed by investigations into the Natural Sciences, and ritualistic belief systems such as Louisiana Voodoo and Haitian Vodou, Coupe’s interest in the paranormal has led to periods of research into diverse environments: ranging from the industrial to the domestic. As such, her work shifts towards an analysis of objects and materials, and of the physical, cultural and metaphorical forces at play that pervade the meanings we commonly ascribe to them.
 
Jo Coupe was born in 1975 in Stoke, UK. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and at Goldsmiths College, London. Previous exhibitions include: Easy does it Supercollider, Blackpool; Pertaining to Things Natural... Chelsea Physic Garden, London; An Archaeology 176, London; Fade Away And Radiate, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Tatton Park Biennial, Give and Take at Firstsite, Colchester, You Shall Know Our Velocity at BALTIC, Gateshead. She lives and works in Gateshead, UK.

Works
Exhibitions
Biography

Biography
 
Born 1975, Stoke-on Trent, UK
2003-2005  MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College
1994-1998  BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University

Solo Exhibitions
2017
Jo Coupe, All That Fall, WORKPLACE London
2016
Vital Signs, Durham Castle, Durham, UK

2014

Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

2012

Pertaining To Things Natural, Chelsea Physics Garden, London, UK

2010
Crystalline Energy, Inspire, Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth, Northumberland, UK
2009
Jo Coupe - Supernature, Workplace solo presentation, NADA Art Fair, Miami
Fade Away And Radiate, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
2006   
Give and Take, First-site, Colchester, UK
Electrolysis, Station, Bristol, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2016
Object Relations, Baltic 39, Nwcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2013

Building Dreams, Cragside Estate, Rothbury, Morpeth, UK

Easy Does It, Aid & Abet, Cambridge, UK

Easy Does It, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2011

Business Collectors Network Exhibition, Globe Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

NADA Art Fair Miami, Miami, Florida, USA

Double, Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

ROTATE,Contemporary Arts Society & Shortlist Media, London

A Distance Between Two Points, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

The Armory Show, New York, USA with Workplace Gallery

2010

NADA Art Fair, Miami, USA with Workplace Gallery

Two x Two for Aids and Art, The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas

The Manchester Contemporary, UK with Workplace Gallery

2008   
Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire, UK
101 Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
TOMORROW THE FUTURE, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK
All my favourite singers couldn't sing, Workplace Gallery, UK
2007    
Zoo Art Fair (with Workplace Gallery), London, UK
An Archaeology, Project Space 176, London, UK
Dusseldorf Contemporary (with Workplace Gallery), Dusseldorf, Germany
Pulse Art Fair (with Workplace Gallery). New York, USA
2006    
Repatriating the Ark  (with Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art), Museum of Garden History,
London, UK
Blue Star, Red Wedge, Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK
You shall know our Velocity. BALTIC, Gateshead, UK
2005
Emergency2, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
Art Caucasus, Tblisi, Georgia
Everything Must Go, Workplace, Gateshead, UK
MA Show, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Mobile, Fortescue Gallery, London, UK
There is no more butter, Station, Bristol, UK
2004   
Yesvember, House Gallery, London, UK
Revenge of Romance. Temporary Contemporary, London, UK
Postgraduate Diploma Show. Goldsmiths College, London, UK
2003   
Art 2003 (with Workplace Gallery), Business Design Centre, London, UK
2002   
Hothouse, Semi-permanent work, first shown at Grizedale Live, Cumbria, UK
2000    
Stuffed, Hancock Natural History Museum, Newcastle, UK
Small Battles, Mackie Mayor Building, Manchester, UK
Engaged, Site-specific work in toilets, Newcastle, UK
Pattern Transfer, (Collaboration with Tanya Axford) Waygood Gallery, Newcastle, UK
1999   
Lead by the Nose. Part of VANE, Newcastle, UK
Study and Stay, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Great Dutch Painting. Installation as part of the exhibition, City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Field Day. Site-specific works in a field, Northumberland, UK
VANE Export, Exhibition of artists from the north-east of England, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
1998    
Assimilate, Design Works, Gateshead, UK
 
Commissions
 
2009   
Semi-permanent commission for Rio Tinto Alcan, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2002   
Uprooted, Permanent commission for Inland Revenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2002  
Hothouse, Semi-permanent commission for Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, UK
2001   
Fruitbody, Temporary commission for Locus , Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Awards and Residencies
 
2008   
Bacon Prize, 101 Tokyo, Japan
Artist in Residence, Alcan Aluminium Plc
Artist in Residence, Fermynwoods Country Park, Northamptonshire
2002   
Artist in Residence, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, UK
Chrisi Bailey Award for Education in Creative Photography, Arts Council of England.
1998    
Study and Stay Graduate Bursary, Northern Arts.

Publications

 

2010  

Two x Two for Aids and Art, Dallas, USA (auction catalogue)
2008  
Tatton Park Biennial, Parabola, London, UK (exhibition catalogue)
2007   
An Archaeology, Project Space 176, London, UK (exhibition catalogue)
2006   
Give and Take, First-site Papers, Colchester, UK (exhibition catalogue)
Repatriating the Ark, Parabola, London, UK (exhibition catalogue)
2002   
Camp, Grizedale Books, Cumbria, UK
2000  
Engaged, Chew and Show, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (exhibition catalogue)
 
Reviews and Articles
 

2010
Crystalline Energy by Paul Usherwood, Art Monthly, June 2010
2008
Tatton Park Biennial by Pryle Behrman, Art Monthly, September 2008

2007
HaPazura
Give and Take by David Gleeson, Art Papers, Jan/Feb
Blue Star Red Wedge by Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman, 02 May
2006
You shall know our Velocity by Alfred Hickling, Guardian, 01 Feb
You shall know our Velocity by Michael Glover, Times, 14 Jan
Northern Lights by Nick Hackworth, Dazed and Confused, Febuary
Concept for Living,by Brett Tudor Jan

Collections
 
Private collections UK, Europe, USA
21c Museum
The Progressive Art Collection

Publications
Art Fairs