Editor’s biog

Mel Jordan’s Biog

Mel Jordan studied Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic and Visual Communication at Birmingham Polytechnic. Mel is a member of the art collective Freee with Dave Beech and Andy Hewitt. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Loughborough University. Previously she taught Art Practice at Goldsmiths College of Art and Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton. She co-edited the book Art and Theory after Socialism (Intellect, 2008) with Malcolm Miles and has co-authored the recent publication Futurology (New Art Gallery Walsall, 2009) with Andy Hewitt. She is the Chair of Trustees for EASTSIDE projects, Birmingham.

Freee’s recent projects include: ‘Revolution Road: Rename the Streets’, 2009; Solo Works, Zoo Art Fair, 2009; ‘Abstract Cabinet Show’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2009; ‘The Peckham Experiment’, Space Station Sixty-Five, Camberwell Space, 2009; ‘Generosity is the New Political’, Wysing Arts, Cambridge; ‘Joy, Sadness and Desire’, Spin[Freee]oza a new project commissioned by SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2009; ‘Nought to Sixty’, at the ICA, London, 2008; ‘Terms of Use’, group exhibition at Centro Cultural, Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain, curated by Lisa Rosendahl; ‘How to be Hospitable’, solo exhibition at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2008; ‘How to Make a Difference’, solo exhibition at International Project Space, Birmingham, 2007; and ‘Protest is Beautiful’, solo exhibition at 1000000mph Gallery, London, 2006. Freee’s work has been reviewed in Art Monthly and Frieze. ‘The Function of Public Art’ series has been used by a number of writers to support a series of debates on the public sphere; ‘The neo-imperialist function of public art is to clear a path for aggressive economic expansion’, was written about by Malcolm Miles in his book Cities and Cultures, published by Routledge, 2006.

In February 2008, Freee published a written dialogue, Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Out, Out, Out! as one of ixia’s New Writings. This dialgoue introduces their work as a mode of distributing, activating and declaring ideas and challenge us to rethink the role and possibilities of passive, polite spaces that artists continue to quietly and predictably occupy, whether that is in ‘public space’ and/or in a ‘gallery’. Click here to read the dialogue.