You're reading a statement about the work of Jacob Watmore. You're being placed into a situation where the artist is playing with fiction and reality through the use of language.
The objects around you are evidence to a possible fiction that you may take part in, asking you to pretend with the work, a potential event. These objects aim to be placed in a method of creating something that might already exist, an orchestrated situation that mimics the everyday use of objects to provide evidence of a possible fiction.
The written word takes you to a hypothetical point within this moment, in an attempt to suspend disbelief. This language is used to reference things outside of your present perception, a space where nothing can really be certain. It's your own choice whether its reality or fiction, since language doesn't have the ability to hold a concrete inbuilt truth and a concrete connection with this world. In this context something might be part of reality but in the next it may have no relation to it.
Five Finger Discount, Bronze Dog, Göteborg, Sweden
Bought objects, withfc, Very Friendly, Glasgow
Company, Florida Collective, Edinburgh
Empathy Flows, Zabludowicz Collection, London
Performance Festival, Light Eye Mind, London
Sell Out, Seize Projects @ STCFTHOTS, Leeds
NAWKI(not as you know it), MUESLI, Liverpool
Plinth with rug, The Plinth, Glasgow
Keeping up with the Joneses, Assembly House, Leeds
From the back of your head, DKUK, London
TREAT YO SELF, (It’s all) Tropical, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
SUPERMARKET SWEEP, Nice Gallery, London
Woon Painting and Sculpture Prize, Baltic 39, Newcastle
Prism Manchester 2.0, Toast Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
EVICTION: an exhibition at UCU, UCU, London
Collaborative Exhibition, Stepping Stone Studios, Kent
Missing you already..., East Street Arts, Watford, London
Work, Rogue Studios, Manchester
Mechanical Juggler, Bombast Gallery, London
Weather Pt.2, Team Titanic, Berlin
Semes Spatial, Campbell Works, London
Are you working too much?, Byam Shaw, London
Selected Curatorial Projects
‘Group Show’ Podcast with Caitlin Merrett King
NAWKI with Focal Point Gallery, Eastside Projects ESP, ebc, CBS Gallery, SPUR, serf, HUTT, Limbo, Ladette Space.
30/30 with online project thirty.works
Fresh ‘n’ Frozen, Art Licks Weekend
Life Babies, exhibition curated by Gabrielle de la Puente
first thursdays with... Jeremy Kyle’s Birthday Party with Kat Buchanan & Aidan Strudwick, and Rosa Nussbaum.
NAWKI with Aspiration Suits, CHARIZA, COLLAR, withfc & Ladette space.
Project Y-Y with James Hatton, 2017
GUIDED AUGMENTATION with Gabrielle de la Puente, 2016
Publications, Awards & Residencies
DKUK HAIRCUTS IN FRONT OF ART, 2016
Assembly House Graduate Residency, Leeds, 2015
Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, (2nd Prize) 2015
Variations I, Hato Press, June 2014
'Scribus 15', ArtFunkl, Manchester, 2014
RUDAIR, Sweden, 2014