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James Clarkson, Drop Box, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

James Clarkson

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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