a borrowing of bones

a borrowing of bones
Jack Brown  |  Isabella Clark  |  Joss Heierli  |  Oona Wilkinson

9 March – 29 March
Opening preview: Friday 8 March, 6 – 9pm

Paradise Works, East Philip Street, Salford, Manchester, M3 7LE

Slugtown are delighted to present a borrowing of bones, an off-site group exhibition of four artists from across the UK and The Netherlands: Jack Brown, Isabella Clark, Joss Heierli and Oona Wilkinson at Paradise Works, Manchester.

Drawn from the poem October Fullness by Pablo Neruda, a borrowing of bones considers notions of absence, memory, and the transience of existence and time. Within the exhibition, the artists reflect upon the material traces we each leave behind, that both reveal and conceal personal histories. The susceptibility of these remnants to retain marks and gestures provide opportunities for us to bestow our own narratives and values onto them, whilst they remain curiously elusive.

Jack Brown (b.1979) lives and works in Greater Manchester. He works with (and in the spaces between) sculpture, painting, response to site, print, public action, drawing, photography and video. He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally including: Pallet show 12, Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, 2023; Juxtapose Art Fair, Aarhus, 2023; Soaps, Suihkulahde Gelerie, Helsinki, 2023; Gertrude Presents, The Truman Brewery, London, 2022; A Modest Show, The Hamptons Air Fair, New York, 2022; Breathing in and Drawing out, Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, 2022; and Recreational Grounds – Off Site, Thames Side Studio Gallery, London, 2021. Brown’s work is held in the collections of University of Salford, Soho House and numerous private collections.

Isabella Clark (b.1999) lives and works in London, having graduated from Newcastle University in 2023. Clark works across media, including sculpture, installation, print and film. Recent exhibitions include: Newcastle Degree Show, Newcastle and Liverpool, 2023; Interim, XL Gallery, Newcastle, UK, 2022; Lethal Tender, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK, 2022; Good Morning, LOT, Newcastle, UK, 2021; and To Isabella and Ben, online exhibition, 2020. Clark is the recipient of the Forshaw Interview Prize and participated in the 2023 Varc micro residency.

Joss Heierli (b.1988) lives and works in Amsterdam. He received his BA in Fine Art from the University of Westminster, London in 2012 and his MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London in 2017. He co-founded clearview.ltd project space in London, alongside numerous curatorial projects. He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally including: Good Signal, Duarte Sequeira, Braga, Portugal, 2023; Linktree, V.O Curations, London, 2022; Os Mutantes, S·A·D, Madrid, 2019; drawings, 650mah, Hove, 2018; Franchise, trial shift, Purcell street, London, 2015; and Ornament, Bombast, London, 2014.

Oona Wilkinson (b.1995) lives and works in London. She received a BFA in Sculpture and Environmental Art from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 and was resident of Conditions Studio Programme in 2022. Wilkinson has exhibited in exhibitions nationally and internationally including: Rumour Glue, Recent Activity, Birmingham, 2023; Killing Time and Other Crimes, Conditions, Croydon, 2023; Works That Never Came To Life, Art Hub Studios, London, 2023; The Patriot, O’Flaherty’s, New York, 2022 and Reality Check, Las Palmas, Lisbon, 2019.