Jamie Crewe

Jamie Crewe, “The Ideal Bar” — “Le Narcisse” — “Alec’s” (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Humber Street Gallery and Grand Union

Jamie Crewe, “The Ideal Bar” — “Le Narcisse” — “Alec’s” (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Humber Street Gallery and Grand Union

Jamie Crewe, “The Ideal Bar” — “Le Narcisse” — “Alec’s” (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Humber Street Gallery and Grand Union

Jamie Crewe, Ashley (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX Scotland

Jamie Crewe, a self-described ‘vicious changeling’, is an artist and singer whose art explores ideas of identity, desire, kinship and the precarious nature of community. Embracing video, sculpture, drawing and writing, their recent work addresses these issues in the context of love and LGBTQIA+ solidarity. Inspired by Radclyffe Hall’s prototypical lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness, the focus of their British Art Show 9 installation is a pair of awkwardly conjoined videos that compete for our attention and – as featured in one of the films – ceramic ‘slabs’ memorialising a ‘bastardised’ version of a traditional well dressing. Described as a ‘rural horror film’, Crewe’s moving image work, Ashley (2020), addresses the ‘fears, stresses and vivid transformations of a certain kind of trans life.’

 

Jamie Crewe‌ ‌(born‌ 1987, ‌Manchester)‌ ‌lives‌ ‌and‌ ‌works‌ ‌in‌ ‌Glasgow.‌ Crewe‌ ‌studied‌ ‌at‌ ‌Sheffield‌ ‌Hallam University‌ ‌and‌ ‌The Glasgow‌ ‌School‌ ‌of‌ ‌Art.‌ ‌

 

Jamie Crewe, Ashley (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX Scotland

I try to make works that invite people in and push people out, that reveal things and hide other things, and so find ways to talk about that ambivalence.

– Jamie Crewe

Jamie Crewe, Ashley (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX Scotland

Jamie Crewe, Ashley (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX Scotland
Jamie Crewe, “Morton” — “Beedles” — “An abyss” (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Humber Street Gallery and Grand Union

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Jamie Crewe, “Morton” — “Beedles” — “An abyss” (still), 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Humber Street Gallery and Grand Union