James Clarkson (b. 1987, Chester) is an artist based in Sheffield. Clarkson is interested in understanding the relationship between everyday objects, culture and technology. This investigation is underpinned by a fetishised interest into materiality; his sculptures sometimes exist as a bricolage of hacked up, raw edged, repurposed objects and at other times are shiny, slick, glossy replicas. Through this duality between reframing and replicating his work finds a playful approach to unpicking the speculative interconnectivity of things. Clarkson’s sculptures appear as ghostly bodies, which act as a reflection of where we are now.
Selected, forthcoming and past exhibitions include; Title TBC, Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2021); Private Song, Doosan Arts Centre, Seoul (2020); The Coventry Biennial, Coventry (2019); The Collection Stripped Bare, The Lab’Bel Collection, France (2016); Smooth Flow, The Tetley, Leeds (2014); Pavilion, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2012); Twin Tone Lustre, DREI, Cologne (2013); About Sculpture, Rolando Anselmi, Berlin (2014); Graphic Design, Futura Project, Prague (2014); A Painted Sun as a Yellow Spot, Rod Barton Gallery, London (2012); Small Rome, Frutta, Rome (2014); Return Journey, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2014) and he has participated in a number of collaborative projects with artists including Haroon Mirza and Ditte Gantriis.
Clarkson is the recipient of the 2019-2021 Freelands Foundation Artist Platform in partnership with Site Gallery and recently received the Henry Moore Foundation 2020 Artist Award.
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