James Kirkpatrick’s September exhibition features new collaged wall-hangings. Reclaiming sails and other nautical materials from his father’s 1970s C&C sailboat, Kirkpatrick has chosen specific details from the found materials: numbers, codes, writing and patterns inherent to the sails. These details are collaged & sewn together into intricate figures which are reminiscent of his past work that includes graffiti, installation, mask-making, sculpture and painting.
Read London Fuse Interview with James Kirkpatrick about “Close Reach” HERE
James Kirkpatrick, born in London, ON in 1977, attended H.B. Beal Secondary School and received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in new York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2009 Kirkpatrick was featured in the group show Pulp Fiction, which traveled from Museum London to the MOCCA in Toronto and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. Kirkpatrick was included in the successful Not Bad For London group exhibition at the Michael Gibson Gallery and L.O. Today at Museum London. In 2014 the McIntosh Gallery at Western University mounted a solo exhibition of James Kirkpatrick’s paintings, drawings, video, sound sculpture and installation work (exhibition catalogue forthcoming).
Also known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib, Kirkpatrick works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements. By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held sculptures that function as both musical instruments and experimental sound machines. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.
James Kirkpatrick would like to thank the support of the Ontario Arts Council.