David Blackmore and Fritha Jenkins share studio 36 together following two years sharing a studio as joint recipients of the Pete Lloyd Lewis residency at Chisenhale Studios 2017 – 2019. Both Fritha and David have Post-Medium multidisciplinary practices which include elements of sculpture, performance, video, photography, text, drawing and social engagement.
Collaboration, participation, education and social engagement are integral to both their practices. These elements are not simply something they are involved in aside from their practices but are embedded within and enrich their work and thinking. Each of Jenkins and Blackmore have extensive experience working with a wide range of people in community settings.
Fritha Jenkins’ is a multidisciplinary artist. They’ve performed and shown work widely, including at Blenheim Gallery Leeds, Toynbee Studios, Art Night London, Chisenhale Dance Space, Modern Art Oxford, Guest Projects, Supernormal Festival and elsewhere. Collaboration in one way or another is integral to their practice. Fritha has facilitated goings ons -alone and with others; in parks, along rivers, in universities, community centres, hospitals, care homes, kitchens, schools and theatres.
David Blackmore’s initial training was through the medium and criticality of photography. However, over the past decade, his practice has migrated substantially away from photography favouring a Post-Medium approach. Blackmore has two sides to his practice. One is studio based, working with sculpture and print. The other consists of transgressive actions performed for the image and increasingly relational exchanges. His practice hinges on the boundary areas between order and dissent.
Initially studying at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design (Dublin, Ire) and University of Westminster (London, UK) Blackmore completed a Master’s in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art (London, Uk). David has exhibited widely internationally including solo shows at Gallery Vassie (Amsterdam), Draíocht (Dublin), Central European House of Photography (Bratislava), Schwartz Gallery (London), SITEATION (Dublin) and MOCA (London). Two recent works by Blackmore have been accessioned to the British Museum’s collection one of which featured in I Object (Jan 2019).
Further information on both Fritha’s and David’s practices can be found on their websites.