He’s been a food writer and an architecture critic, a filmmaker and a novelist. Now Jonathan Meades will open his first show as a visual artist.
Hosted at the Londonewcastle Project in Shoreditch, Ape Forgets Medication gathers what Meades calls “Treyfs” and “Artnacks”. The first term refers to that which is not kosher, signifying artworks that are wilfully impure; the second blends “art” with nicknacks, worthless trinkets.
Meades’s art seeks to fuse the apparently irreconcilable, to be the “gruesome lovechild” of high and low culture. His canvases combine photography, collage, froissage and digital manipulation with paint applied via mops, squeegees and fists. Some works were doused in water, others burnt. While Meades’ writing shows precision, his art embodies chance.
Filmmaker and poet Chris Petit provides the catalogue essay.
Jonathan Meades is one of Britain’s most distinct cultural commentators – in the words of critic A. A. Gill, "Jonathan Meades is the Jonathan Meades of our generation.” He has written numerous books, including the modernist novel Pompey, the essay collection Museum Without Walls and the autobiography An Encyclopedia of Myself. All have been praised for their intelligence, humour and baroque prose style. His television films include explorations of brutalism, Scottish football pool towns, Northern Europe, fast food, pigs and utopian communities in the county of Essex.
He is interviewed in Jocks&Nerds 18