Jake King’s work interrogates the political potential of art and how it is inhibited by the self-centred nature of commodity-based practice, whilst finding more democratic and equal models of collaboration between artist and audience. Dialogue becomes the medium, conversation is engaged in intentionally with specific aims of increasing understanding, addressing problems and questioning thoughts or actions.
His final work, ‘The Degree Show tradition’ challenges the appropriateness of the degree show to a conception of art that is both socially critical and effective. It deals with salient epistemological issues of ownership and the nature of the artist.
The Gallery model of Art (2011) Intervention outside Nottingham