Arnold Circus by Jon Spencer


Archival Giclée Print, 59 x 42 cm. Limited edition of 25, signed by the artist. 

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Experimentation with material gathered at the mysterious hilltop bandstand of Arnold Circus resulted in the process of layering elevations of each face of the bandstand. With this process the symmetrical form allows the structure of the bandstand to register as coherent against a melee of backgrounds and foregrounds. The ethereal nature of the final image creates a tangible sense of the passage of time, with contemporary figures appearing as ghosts of their Victorian or Edwardian forebears. Here we see the bandstands absorbing and reflecting the changes in their surroundings, whether as active centres of attention, or as dis-used and perhaps mis-used relics of the past.

In this series of work Jon presents two aspects of his work that offers us a new way of seeing the world around us. Time and memory are conjured from these well known objects to create painterly images. Jon Spencer’s work is concerned with ideas of the layering of history; physically, emotionally and in terms of memories. Responding to the work of current London authors and psychogeographers such as Sinclair and Ackroyd, he looks to tease out stories hidden in the fabric and collective memory of the city, retelling them and prompting the viewer to look at their surrounds anew. Originally trained in Architecture at Sheffield University before taking his MA at the London College of Communication in 2003, Jon currently works out of a studio in London Bridge. His fine art photography practice is supported by photographic and graphic design work for a range of clients with particular emphasis on architecture, planning and heritage organisations.