ARTIST:

Jonny Briggs

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Jonny Briggs
Portal, 2011
C-type Lambda print
101 x 139 cm

Magicians, comedians, people who disturb our comfortable interpretation of the world…” These are among the influences Briggs cites and they seem apt indeed: you have to pay close attention to the artist’s tricks to figure out what’s happening: did you miss his mother’s well-hidden body in Portal? Or his father’s ever so discrete presence in Into the Black?

Jonny Briggs
Into The Black, 2011
C-type Lambda print
110 x 114 cm

Each of Briggs’ photographs is set up as a stage, with the players (most often his mother and his father) miming unsettling thoughts and hinting at unresolved domestic tensions.

Jonny Briggs
The Other, 2011
Tapestry
25 x 18 cm (approx)

Briggs prefers flirtation with the unsaid rather than confrontation, but the one-act plays do contain an element of revenge, or at least the suggestion that there are old scores to settle.

Jonny Briggs
Untitled Wooden Chair, 2011
Wood
50 x 25 x 25 cm

The Briggs family album, to which the artist often has recourse, is both a curse and a blessing: it certainly recalls momentary joys of childhood, but it also reminds Briggs of the role he was obliged to play in the ‘performances’ directed by his father. Now Briggs-the-artist has the upper hand, proving Wordsworth’s famous observation, “the child is the father of the man.”

Text by William A Ewing

Jonny Briggs
Un-Seeing, 2012
C-type Lambda print
112 x 177 cm

Jonny Briggs
Comfort Object, 2012
C-type Lambda prints mounted on aluminium
110 x 110 cm

Jonny Briggs
1p Coin, 2011
23 1/4 carat gold
20.3 x 1.6 mm

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