Josef Zachary Shanley-Jackson’s current body of work stems from an interest in the kind of objects and imagery we are compelled to surround ourselves with. Arrangement and display are two prominent enquiries that are born of this interest, used to present the viewer with the notion of gallery as home and the home as gallery.
Trinkets, trophies and archetypal images. Landscape paintings, holiday snaps, numerous copies of ‘Infinite Jest’, football memorabilia.
He positions himself as an earnest investigator of the way we choose to present our cultural selves to others.
Into the mixer are thrown abstract elements of sculpture and painting, they mingle seamlessly, highlighting the characteristcs they share with the objects we covet.