For his first solo show, held at the The International 3 in September 2014, Joe Fletcher Orr planned to show a rug (Orranorco, 2014). The rug emerged from a boast made by the artist's father that he could make a rug better than any sold on the family's market stall. However, the rug was late and a stand in rug had to take its place until the last day of the exhibition, when it finally arrived and was installed. Since then, the Arts Council Collection has acquired Orranorco for their collection. For his second solo exhibition, Orr continues to explore collaboration, artwork/non-artwork via an enquiry of what it means to be a 'Mummy's boy'. The show includes plant-pots that the artist has produced at a local pottery class with his mum, fruit bowls from the family home that have been photographed by a professional photographer and painted walls, (the colour chosen by Orr's mum during a trip to B&Q). Mummys boy sees Orr continuing to shine a light on the parental relationship using a process that is, in part, similar to the idea of getting your parents to do your homework.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a commissioned text from Oliver Basciano, Editor (International) at ArtReview. An 'In Conversation / Q&A' will take place between Joe Fletcher Orr and curator Adam Carr at The International 3 on Thursday 21st April from 6pm - 8pm. (more details to follow)
Joe Fletcher Orr (born 1991, Birkenhead) graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art. Since then he has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally, most recently in Follow, at FACT, Liverpool, Adventures in Clay, Bronze & Stone, Furini Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy, SCOUSE HOUSE, Syson Gallery, Nottingham, Champagne, BeatTricks, Milan, I refuse to participate in failure, Spreez, Munich, The Whole Wide World, The International 3, Salford, and Modern History Vol.1, The Grundy Blackpool. Orrs previous solo exhibition, Under The Thumb, took place at The International 3 in 2014. Upcoming exhibitions include a group exhibition with Vitrine in Basel. Joe was recently selected for The Zabludowicz Collections annual Testing Ground: MasterClass project and was a 2013 Catlin Guide selected artist. His work is held in private collections nationally and internationally and in the Arts Council England Collection. Joe Fletcher Orr is also the director of Cactus Gallery, Liverpool.
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Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported by The International 3 Patrons (with thanks to Jo & Allan Melzack for additional project support)
Thanks to Pantling Studio