James Kirkpatrick: Secret Base by the Lake
Curated by James Patten and Matthew Purvis
April 17 to June 7, 2014
Difficult to categorize, James Kirkpatrick combines music, painting, sculpture and an array of less familiar activities in his work. He began as a graffiti artist and his unique figurative imagery is still found on walls and trains in Europe, North and South America. Over the past decade, he has increasingly worked within more traditional gallery contexts while maintaining the experimental aesthetics of outsider art.
With Secret Base by the Lake, Kirkpatrick alludes to science fiction and cartoons, mashing them up and transforming them into a highly interactive exhibition. Featuring work created since 2011, including several new pieces made for the show, many aspects of Kirkpatrick's practice complement each other in startling ways.
Born in London, Ontario, Kirkpatrick studied art at H.B. Beal Secondary School—a wellspring of Canadian contemporary art since the 1940s—before receiving his BFA at Halifax's Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. He was recently featured in the group show L.O. Today at Museum London and the solo exhibitition Sculpting Sound at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia. Also a musician, Kirkpatrick combines vocals with electronic noises produced on homemade instruments crafted from re-purposed video games and children's toys. In 2013 he performed in France, Canada and Switzerland. His first tour of Japan starts on April 25th.
James Kirkpatrick: Secret Base by the Lake will be documented with a forthcoming publication featuring essays by exhibition curators Matthew Purvis and James Patten, and Rhiannon Vogl, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Canada.
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