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Show RCA 2019

Archie Leigh-Jones

Show RCA work

Major project:

Being Followed by Fleischer’s Ghost & The Variations of Bone Manipulation in the Cartoon

For the show, I have installed two wandering cartoon cutouts (Bimbo and Ghost). These characters are mounted on top of their own wandering base. With the use of infrared sensors, the characters can follow a taped path on the floor of the gallery.

Alongside the wandering cutouts I have displayed a faux museum display of cartoon bones in various stages of manipulation: default, stretched, compressed, twisted and bent two ways.

Info

  • The world of the inked line is malleable and magic. Incongruities such as suspended coyotes, the reattachment of dismembered duck beaks and weightless anvils are expected. Holes can be shifted, plucked off a surface and moved elsewhere. I seek to play with these tropes, early cartoon manipulations, Americana and nostalgia. A bright and optimistic world, where a hammer to the head only results in a cranial extrusion, a representation of violence, subdued with humour, made palatable. 

    My work aims to use familiar in-jokes, to carry ideas from modernity; fake news, memes, digital space, the lack of good and evil. We live in a time of uncertainty, where no one really knows what is happening. We are lied to by politicians and by social media. The idea of 'truth' is becoming more abstract and subjective. Like the cartoon world, science fiction and film, the real world has become a jumble of 'facts' and opinions, struggling to meld together holistically. Imagery that we initially comprehend as innocent can quickly be flipped to the sinister.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art Sculpture, University of Brighton, 2015
  • Experiences

  • Artist's assistant, Sarah Walton Pottery, Alciston, 2015–16
  • Exhibitions

  • Foundation Show, Mid Cheshire College, Hartford, 2012; '40-5', Gallery 40, Brighton, 2013; Cement, 26a St. Martine Place, Brighton, 2013; Tatton Park Flower Show, Tatton Park, Knutsford, 2013; 'Headroom', Grand Parade Gallery, Brighton, 2014; Open Studio: Cawdor Residency, Cawdor Castle, Cawdor, 2014; Pop-Up Brighton Christmas Market, Brighton, 2014; The Engine Room - Sound Art Competition, Morley Gallery, London, 2015; Sculpture Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2015; 'Modalities', Dukes Keep, Southampton, 2015; Tatton Park Flower Show, Tatton Park, Knutsford, 2015; 'Orissa Style', The Link Gallery, Manchester, 2017; 'Double Pelican', The Dyson Gallery, London, 2017; WIP, Royal College of Art Sculpture Building, London, 2018; 'Work-In-Progress', Raw Labs, London, 2018; 'Surface Tension', Raw Labs, London, 2018; 'Sculpture Petting Zoo', Hockney Gallery, London, 2019
  • Awards

  • Highly Commended, The Engine Room – Sound Art Competition, 2015
Royal College of Art