The work it comprises is, like his prose, generally maximalist. It is also, no doubt, quite meaningless. He has a horror of explanation and an even greater one of manifestos, the artless moron’s medium of choice. Still, any plausible explanation of what it’s ‘about’ will be grudgingly rewarded.
Meades's methods are several and rigorously inauthentic. Painting with numerous tools, froissage, hyper-realist photography, digital manipulation, collage and, above all, chance. When a work is begun there is seldom any conception of where it will lead: the aleatory is all. The works in this exhibition range from the stubbornly monochrome to the tartily gaudy, from myth to abstraction, from the gutter to the dodgily numinous, from domestic proportions to XXXXXL. He combines contradictory elements, he fuses opposing idioms, he conjures a rapprochement between his antagonistic precursors.
Ape Forgets Medication is Meades' first exhibition.
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About Jonathan Meades:
Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist, film-maker. His books include three works of fiction - Filthy English, Pompey and The Fowler Family Business - and several anthologies of which the most recently published is Museum Without Walls, which received 11 nominations as a book of the year in 2012. His most recent book, An Encyclopaedia of Myself (Fourth Estate), won Best Memoir in the Spear's Book Awards 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Pen Ackerley Prize.
He has written and performed in more than 50 television shows on predominantly topographical subjects such as shacks, garden cities, megastructures, buildings associated with vertigo, beer, pigs, and the architecture of Hitler and Stalin. Some of these are available on The Jonathan Meades Collection DVD. His latest films, Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry, were broadcast in spring 2014, on BBC4.