Brian (still), Video compositing, 1 min 19, 2006

Jason Nelson

Brian (still), Video compositing, 1 min 19, 2006

2007 / Artists

Jason Nelson

b. 1974 Dunfermline, Scotland

2005-07 MSc Electronic Imaging, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee
1993-97 BA [hons] Fine Art Drawing and Painting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee


Previous Exhibitions:
2007 Ah-Ken-Ah-Kin, Generator Projects, Dundee
2006 A Friday Night In, Open Eye Club, Tramway, Glasgow
2006 Ganghut, Research Residency Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
2006 Magazine Ganghut Project, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
2006 Glasgow Art Fair, The Changing Room Gallery, Stirling
2006 Ganghut Melbourne, The Containers Village, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Australia
2005 Aw Jock Thomson's Bairns, The Changing Room Gallery, Stirling
2005 How Tae Come Fae Kelty, Performance and Sound Art, Market Gallery, Glasgow
2005 Body Parts, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2004 Ganghut, Spike Island Bristol

Selectors' Comments:
I like this because it looks at bad childhood memories as if at an insect down a microscope. It amplifies the absurdity that you always sensed as a kid when threatened by a bigger kid. The drawings are really taut and involving in their own way too.

For this American, anyway, Jason Nelson's Mon Then and Brian rendered my ears useless: I couldn't make out a word of the Scottish accent. But the eyes had it for sure: Nelson's mix of talking, floating photo head and lazily drifting clouds with action-figure animation and dooptydoo, black/white perspective townscape - not to mention the variable speed and intensity of Brian's inscrutable, smashed monologue and Python-esque sparring, made me cry laughing.

Artist's Statement:
Our sense of self is constructed from a collection of fluid cerebral narratives, brain recordings of our upbringing.

Forged by socio-economic context, family and friends and geographical placement. Informed by cultural Ideologies and opinions both offered and imposed. How I tell and reflect on them is how I define myself.