Jonny Tanna

Jonny is an artist and curator whose work explores the interstitiality of, or ‘spaces between’ class, race and generation. A confrontational interrogator of culture, he describes his work is a “visual negotiation with a society perceived to be displaced of ‘good manners’, courtesy and kindness,” and a response to “the mercenary approaches currently prevailing in society and its visual outpourings”. His interventions into popular forms and discourses, through their appropriation and mutation include short stories, window vinyls, to car air fresheners, animations and video games.

Artworks

Smarter Child - The Portal Between Love & Fantasy

Giclée print on acrylic sheet
60x48cm
179.00

Smarter Child - The Portal Between Love & Fantasy

A bitmap illustration of Nathan waiting in the airport for his new father, from Jonny's short story, A Smarter Child. Interactive PDF version of the story included with the print.

Smarter Child - The Urge To Purchase Confectionery Is Lost On Me

Giclée print on acrylic sheet
39x25cm
119.00

Smarter Child - The Urge To Purchase Confectionery Is Lost On Me

A bitmap illustration of the Narrator being coherced into buying chocolate, from Jonny's short story, A Smarter Child. Interactive PDF version of the story included with the print.

Smarter Child - The Portal Between Light and Darkness

Giclée print on acrylic sheet
35x25cm
119.00

Smarter Child - The Portal Between Light and Darkness

A bitmap illustration of Nathan discovering an LED panel in the departure lounge, through which he creates a portal into the heart of his father's telecommunicator. From Jonny's short story, A Smarter Child. Interactive PDF version of the story included with the print.

DAMP#2

Pencil and acrylic on paper and canvas in bespoke steel frame

DAMP#2

A pencil and acrylic illustration depicting Jonny's mysterious mentor.

White People Are Scary - Bootleg Bag

Bootleg Louis Vuitton bag with custom vinyl

White People Are Scary - Bootleg Bag

Cartoon images depicting Jonny and his assoicates applied to a high-end brand handbag and sold. 

White People Are Scary 2 - The West Is A Bootleg

Vinyl graphics on window display

White People Are Scary 2 - The West Is A Bootleg

Calling to into question our irrational fears of the outsider looking in, these works show the insiders looking out.

DAMP

Large format C-Type prints in bespoke steel frames

DAMP

A mysterious solo show by Tanna, featuring counter-cultural images, an image of his mysterious mentor and images of his collaborator, Peter Geronimo.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 AVD, APT Gallery, London
2016 White People are scary, Gazelli Art House, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 New Materialities In The Digital Age, Harlesden High Street (Curator)
Gazelli Window Show 2012 – 2018, Gazelli Art House, London
IsThisIt? – Issue 4 A.I and Automation, Arebyte, London
Ruminations Of The Midnight Stroll, Harlesden High Street (Curator)
Midnight Club ’98, Q-Park Underground Car Park
Love Hotel 419, Seoul, Korea
Loser Collective, Perth Australia
Every time You Switch Off, I Die A Little, Foothold, Italy
2017 Midnight Cinema, Harlesden High Street, London (Curator)
The Wrong — New Digital Art Biennale, Croatia
White People Are Scary #2 – The West Is A Bootleg, Gazelli Art House, London
I Miss You Blockbuster, A217 Gallery, Group Show, London
Cd-Romantic, Muse Gallery, London
The Sacred 419, The Square Gallery, London (Curator)
2016 Jonny Tanna ft Ed Fornieles - Hotel 419, London 2016
Hotel 419, The Muse Gallery, London (Curator)
2015 Dustman per Week, mock installations and performances, ICA and various galleries, London
2014 Deep Trash Italia #2, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London
Eyebrow, Wardour Street, London
Underwater Love, American Apparel group show, London
2013 5 Days of Tanna, Portobello Film Festival, London
Vase Curate, Tate Modern, London
2012 Adult Swim, Turner Studios, USA
Her, American Apparel group show, American Apprarel, London
2011 Armchair Activists, Stitch Art Project, The Dairy, London
Responsive Eye Exhibition, Westminster University Gallery, London
2010 Performance with live music featuring Andre Morgan and Don Letts, Graffik Gallery, Portobello Road
2009 Cerise Gallery, Russell Square, London
2008 Shots & Strokes, 93 Feet East, London
A3 Photography Exhibition, Notting Hill Arts Club, London
Zero De Conduite, Elevator Gallery, London
2007 Mash Experience, Mash Club, London
2006 60 Second Of Surrealism, Hayward Gallery
Out of Hand Exhibition, Ada Street Gallery, London

Other Projects

2016-present Director and curator of Harlesden High Street gallery, London

Residencies and Awards

2018 Yours Mine and Ours
2017 Grant for the arts, Arts Council Grant

http://jonnytanna.com
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