British artist Jonny Reding, who was born in 1966, Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius. This is the first time that this particular work has been exhibited in London.
Reding began his career as an artist’s apprentice, studying classic Italian sculpture and drawing under the supervision of the late sculptor Roderick Tye and then went on to complete a BA in fine art and a post-graduate degree in electronic imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone collage of Art. He spent 2014/2015 at Kent University researching the philosophy and concepts of Deleuze and Guattari.
During his post-grad in 2008 his video work began focusing on the artist as protagonist, revealing a sensitive response to bizarre and traumatic events which were occurring in his life, while living and studying in Scotland with his family. A celebrated video work from this period is entitled ‘I like Findhorn and Findhorn Likes Me or The Day After My Wife Left Me’.
At the heart of Reding’s videos there is a need to publicise the personal with the world and the world with the personal. American psychologist Carl Rodgers compliments this when he wrote, “What’s most personal is most general.”
The following three winters were spent in South Africa, and in 2011 he moved there, researching the problems and complexities of spontaneously creating an event in a space that was filled with uncertainty and filming the outcome, The swan. His work contains multiple references from many artists and movements such as the Dadaists, Duchamp, Beuys, The Blumes, Jodorowsky, and Artaud, to divas such as Gainsborg, Bowery and the anti-psychiatry movement spearheaded by R.D. Laing.
He lives and works in Shoreditch.