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Jacob Kerray

16 October – 28 November

Exhibitions New Work Scotland Programme

For New Work Scotland Programme 2010, Jacob Kerray presented a new series of paintings. Juxtaposing diverse cultural references, his work has a particular relationship with male identity as described through visual culture
through the ages, manifesting itself in large figurative paintings, often hung in a salon style.

Fusing the aesthetics of classical and Baroque portraiture in the context of the counter reformation, with a variety of present day pin-ups taken from wrestling, football and sci-fi, Jacob explores how these differing visual languages can be used to examine popular culture and produce modern mythologies.

For this project, Jacob focused on the Star Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh, the superhuman tyrant who once controlled more than a quarter of the Earth, and his voyage of revenge on Captain Kirk. Other heroes like 'Der Kaiser' footballer Franz Beckenbauer collide with Singh to perform new parodies full of visual puns and jarring clichés.


Download the exhibition information here


Read the New Work Scotland 2010 publication, which includes New Writing Scotland essays by Laura Edbrook and Norman Hogg here


New Work Scotland Programme was an initiative launched by Collective in 2000. Through an open call, New Work Scotland Programme identified and supported some of the most promising new artists working in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to create new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. The 2010 participants were Jacob Kerray,
Catherine Payton, Nicolas Party
and Shelly Nadashi.

New Writing Scotland grew out of New Work Scotland Programme and was initiated in 2004 in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art's Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies, to promote creative writing about the visual arts coupled with targeted support to the exhibiting artists - providing them with them with their first artists text.


This is an archived programme entry.

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