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jonathan alibone


Jonathan Alibone is an artist whose work articulates the uncertainty and irreconcilable antagonisms in our existence.

Alibone sources images and text from the cultural ephemera of film, magazines, pulp fiction and pornography, dislocating and setting them adrift from their original contextual moorings. Although the appropriated subjects’ cultural and symbolic associations are retained, they are here co-opted; when re-imagined and re-positioned, they achieve a new potency, becoming ambivalent signifiers of moral emptiness, skepticism, and self-disgust. The viewer is no longer a passive consumer but a voyeur and participant, implicated in a nihilistic culture’s obsessions, perversions, and hunger for meaning.

Jonathan Alibone is an artist based in the United Kingdom, and is currently both a resident and curator of The Sanctuary in Northampton, England. He has exhibited widely and his work features in collections in the UK, Europe, Russia and North America.

Current exhibitions:
Leicester and East Midlands Open Art Exhibition 2015, Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, Leicester, 14 March – 4 May 2015.

Recent exhibitions:
‘The Pros and The Cons’ – The Sanctuary, Northampton, October 10 – November 1, 2014.
‘NN Contemporary Open Exhibition Launch’ – NN Contemporary Art Northampton, December 12 – January 29, 2014.
‘Small Acts of Detachment’ – Collective Collaborations, Market Walk, Northampton, November 14 – December 14 2013.
‘The Title Art Prize 2013’ – Blankspace, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester, 7 November – 1 December 2013.
‘10 Years of The Sanctuary – Exhibition and Open Studios’ – The Sanctuary, Northampton, October 4 – November 2, 2013.
‘The Cork Street Open Exhibition’ – The Gallery, 28 Cork Street, London, 9 – 16 August 2013.
‘To All Who Come To This Happy Place’ – Reading Room Gallery, Soho, London, 30 April – 31 May 2013.
‘Deck the Walls’ – Opus Fine Art, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, 8 December 2012 – 8 January 2013.
‘Crash Open Salon 2012’ – Charlie Dutton Gallery, London,12 December 2012 – 12 January 2013.
‘Project 2012: The End of The World Exhibition Finale’ – Mile End Art Pavilion, London, 10 – 16 December, 2012.
‘Artefacts of Failure’ – Quad, Market Place, Derby, 27 July – 7 October 2012 (www.derbyquad.co.uk).
‘The Cabinet Exhibition’ – Islington Arts Factory, London, 14 – 21 September 2012.
‘Past and Present’ – Occupy My Time Gallery, 9 Resolution Way, Deptford, London, June 2012.
‘Project 2012 – The End of the World’ – The Gallery on the Corner, Battersea, London, March 2012.
‘Answers on the Front of a Postcard’ – Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, December 2011 to January 2012.
‘Crash Open 2011’ – Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, December 2011 to January 2012.

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