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18.4 – 6.7 2024

Jakob Rowlinson:Thirteen Fools

3–5 Swallow Street

Jakob Rowlinson:Thirteen Fools

18.04 – 06.07.2024

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Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

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3–5 Swallow Street
London
W1S 2PE

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to announce Thirteen Fools, a new exhibition of works by Jakob Rowlinson opening at the gallery’s project space in April 2024. The exhibition, the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery, incorporates sculptural and wall-based works that ruminate on themes of esotericism, queerness and the archive. Rowlinson has created a new suite of anthropomorphic masks that sit alongside heavily collaged assemblages that draw inspiration from Tarot, medieval iconography and decorative marginalia.

Responding intuitively to his materials, Rowlinson incorporates leather, metal, beads, studs, painted eyeballs and metallic charms into his work. The process is iterative, tacking or placing elements in a shifting understanding of composition before weaving and pasting together: a white rose emerges from a harlequin print background, buttons and charms embellish, leather surfaces are gilded with gold leaf. Incorporating an expansive range of media, Rowlinson allows the works to take on a hybridity. Blending the material and the symbolic, the works offer a renewed interrogation of semiology and the categorisation of meaning, presenting a queering of vocabularies and iconographies.

The Exhibition

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Jakob Rowlinson

B. United Kingdom1990

Jakob Rowlinson

B. United Kingdom1990

Biography

Jakob Rowlinson intertwines the natural world with medieval symbolism, questioning the bounds of masculinity throughout time. Using collage and felt, Rowlinson intertwines decorative patterns from medieval designs and manuscript marginalia within a wider expanse of organic iconography. Lining his backgrounds with organic green moss, ferns, and foliage, Rowlinson then adds stylised symbols with a modern twist. His focus on hands reaches into an exploration of gender and sexuality, commenting on the expressive gestures and emotions that can be conveyed using one’s hands.

Rowlinson, born in 1990, studied Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, before completing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. He completed a residency at Fores Project, London in 2022 and has had solo exhibitions at the Dowse Museum, New Zealand, OOF Gallery, London, Quench Gallery, Margate, Tandsticksmuseet, Sweden, and Clearview, London. Rowlinson lives and works in London. Rowlinson lives and works in London.

Image © Ally Rosenberg.

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