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Jake Wise

Jake Wise’s engagement with labour and object value reinforced with progressive ideas of salvage and maintenance offer a reflection on how production means are cyclical in modern times. Menial and laborious processes fused with the salvaged work dissects the world around us and reinstates the labour which was once exerted to produce an object. The direction of his work is always dictated by what is accessible and can be salvaged, with the object being a direct reflection of redundancy, decrepitude and the value of physical labour where parallels can be drawn between Marx’s theories and his own ideologies. A focus can be drawn through the exploration of the interface between personal labour through the means of object/modern production and labour/human value as a quantified economic entity with the aim of examining fine art as production.


Tessa Fox