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James Kirkpatrick: To The Unseen Future

All the time (detail), 2014, acrylic & spray paint on board, 18 x 34 inch

James Kirkpatrick: To The Unseen Future

January 12, 2019 - April 07, 2019

To The Unseen Future creates a space of spontaneity and discovery where social activity is unstructured yet unavoidable. Collapsing the boundary between artist, gallery and viewer, the exhibition will lead the visitor on a journey of discovery as one medium shifts and morphs into another. James Kirkpatrick’s work produces a space for social empathy to emerge, ignited by the intertwining of technological and human flaws, secrets and communication. He has gleaned his unique visual language through years of participation in the underground worlds of graffiti, hip-hop, noise music and surfing the Great Lakes.

Kirkpatrick mixes vintage pop-culture imagery found in underground comics, retro video games, and outsider science fiction with symbolic references hidden in secret societies. He seamlessly integrates figuration and abstraction; painting and sculpture; drawing and sound; textiles and zines; performance and glitch. Weaving formal, alternate pop and historical elements into a very personal, visual narrative, Kirkpatrick delves into contemporary experiences while exploring archetypal questions.

Kirkpatrick combines sound, text and familiar visual elements, strategically manipulating them through layering and repetition to create movement and depth in order to convey his complex ideas.  By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held and wall-mounted sound sculptures that act as a catalyst for social engagement. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his live performances. The visitor is encouraged to play with the sound sculptures, collaborating in real time by experimenting with the various blips, rhythms and pulses.

Curated by Organized by Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

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20190112 20190407 America/Toronto James Kirkpatrick: To The Unseen Future <em>To The Unseen Future</em> creates a space of spontaneity and discovery where social activity is unstructured yet unavoidable. Collapsing the boundary between artist, gallery and viewer, the exhibition will lead the visitor on a journey of discovery as one medium shifts and morphs into another. James Kirkpatrick’s work produces a space for social empathy to emerge, ignited by the intertwining of technological and human flaws, secrets and communication. He has gleaned his unique visual language through years of participation in the underground worlds of graffiti, hip-hop, noise music and surfing the Great Lakes. Kirkpatrick mixes vintage pop-culture imagery found in underground comics, retro video games, and outsider science fiction with symbolic references hidden in secret societies. He seamlessly integrates figuration and abstraction; painting and sculpture; drawing and sound; textiles and zines; performance and glitch. Weaving formal, alternate pop and historical elements into a very personal, visual narrative, Kirkpatrick delves into contemporary experiences while exploring archetypal questions. Kirkpatrick combines sound, text and familiar visual elements, strategically manipulating them through layering and repetition to create movement and depth in order to convey his complex ideas.  By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held and wall-mounted sound sculptures that act as a catalyst for social engagement. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his live performances. The visitor is encouraged to play with the sound sculptures, collaborating in real time by experimenting with the various blips, rhythms and pulses. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Queen Street, Oshawa, ON, Canada The Robert McLaughlin Gallery communications@rmg.on.ca