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Heading up the BALTIC’s winter programming this year is the latest exhibition from young sculptor Jesse Wine, Young man red. Working primarily in ceramics, Jesse Wine has become a minor sensation in the art in recent years. Born in Chester, Jesse Wine graduated from the celebrated Fine Art course at the Camberwell College of Arts in 2007 and continued his studies at the Royal College of Art until 2010. Since then, there’s been a plethora of solo and group exhibitions, including the popular The Practice of the Wild at Limoncello Gallery London in 2012 and Travelling White Man in Rome last year.

Throughout his work, traditional materials and sculpture is used in a decidedly modernistic fashion, reflecting back at the viewer an askew, sometimes obliquely humorous take on modern life. Previous work has included Generation LOL, K bye and the wonderfully titled Conceptual Tit – a premium is placed on a dissonant physicality, as Wine embraces the chaos and unpredictability of the medium as a welcome element of chance within his practice.

For his latest exhibition Young man red, he presents three main scenes based around a children’s entertainment take on everyday life. Oversized ceramic puppets hang from the ceiling, the protagonists of tableaus that gain their surreal energy from the sense of the ordinary zoomed in until it takes an extraordinary form. Alongside this, in the adjoining space Wine provides a series of sculptures made in explicit tributes to his influences, highlighting where his art comes from but also the uncertainty of his deliberately imprecise artistic method. It’s a fascinating, quirky and illuminating take on modern life full of tactile curiosity.

Jesse Wine’s new exhibition Young man red runs at the BALTIC from 22nd November until 22nd February 2015.

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