Approved: 16.09.2013

James Irwin

Artist

Approved: 16.09.2013

James Irwin is a visual artist living and working in London. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2005, and went on to complete an MFA in Computational Studio Arts at Goldsmith's between 2008-2010. He was awarded the 2012 Emerging Artists Bursary Award by the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and has exhibited widely across the UK since 2005. The most recent of his four solo shows, ‘Binary Translations’, was at Space In Between, London in June 2013.

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Studio practice
  • Categories: Digital, Film & Video, Sculpture, Sound, Text
  • Tags: digital artist, post-internet, systems art, digital art, reductive, digital print, digital media, technology, art and technology
 

Biography

James Irwin is a visual artist living and working in London. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2005, and went on to complete an MFA in Computational Studio Arts at Goldsmith's between 2008-2010. He was awarded the 2012 Emerging Artists Bursary Award by the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and has exhibited widely across the UK since 2005. The most recent of his four solo shows, ‘Binary Translations’, was at Space In Between, London in June 2013.

Irwin's work investigates the relationship between physical and digital realities. Working across sculpture and digital media he makes concrete models and artefacts to explore the abstract, esoteric systems that enable digital communication. Other works manipulate and appropriate the tools and media that shape our experience of online reality.

He is currently exploring how representations of physical and digital realities can overlap to produce 'non-spaces' - contexts within which things are no longer easily defined as representations of the physical world or as the product of digital aesthetics. These works manifest as veneered hardwood panels overlaid with the image of UV printed Instagram filters, as hyper-lapse videos appropriated from Google Street View, and within an online blog as sequences of i-Phone images manipulated through custom built software.

CV & Education

Education

- 2008–2010, MFA Computational Studio Arts, Goldsmiths College, London (Distinction).
- 2001–2005, BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (First).

Awards

- 2013, First@108 Public Art Award (Finalist), Royal British Society of Sculptors.
- 2012, Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award.
- 2008–2010, Professional Preparation Masters Scheme, Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Solo Exhibitions

- October 2013, The RGB Spectrum, 313 Kingsland Road, Space in Between, London.
- June 2013, Binary Translations, Space in Between, London.
- September 2011, Hopeless Communication, Space in Between, London.
- February 2010, Monument to the Alphabet, Goth on Bus, London.
- May 2009, 10, Goth on Bus, London (with Everything is Number).

Selected Group Exhibitions

- June 2015, Generator | Systems, Logic and the Analogue Art of Programming, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks (Curated by Saturation Point).
- January 2015, Flat Art, William Benington Gallery, London.
- January 2015, Dialogues at London Art Fair, Space In Between, London with Grey Area, Paris.
- March 2014, Head Grammar (Project LALO), Transition, London and Weekend, Los Angeles.
- February 2014, Fabric (curated by Janne Malmros), Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham.
- October 2013, Alter // Shift // Control, Bermondsay Projects, London.
- August 2013, Let’s Pluck the Bird, Limoncello, London (with Irwin / Robinson).
- January 2013, First@108 Public Art Award, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
- November 2012, RBS Bursary Award 2012, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
- October 2012, Joint Ventures, Space In Between, London.
- October 2012, Art Licks, ICA, London.
- September 2012, System of Objects, Departure Foundation, London.
- June 2012, Microcosm, Departure Foundation, Ellington Building, Leeds.
- June 2011, Presence Absence, Kingsland Road Studios, London.
- September 2010, Grey Area, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London.
- June 2010, A Tender Cut, Fold Studios, London.
- June 2011, Presence Absence, Kingsland Road Studios, London.
- September 2010, Grey Area, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London.
- June 2010, A Tender Cut, Fold Studios, London.
- March 2010, The Middle of Nowhere. Objects and Actions in the Abyss, Departure
Gallery, London (with Everything is Number).
- February 2010, Goldsmiths MFA, Kinetica Art Fair, P3 Gallery, London.
- June 2009, The Fleet Rises, Departure Gallery, London.
- November 2007, Wrecking Ball, 2-10 Hertford Road, London.
- June 2007, On Growth and Form, Redwire Gallery, Liverpool.
- May 2007, On Growth and Form, Permanent Gallery, Brighton.
- April 2006, Coals to London, Nolias Gallery, London.
- June 2005, Degree Show 05, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.

Residencies

- August 2014, ESXLA, Los Angeles, USA.

Reviews

- June 2013, ‘Binary Translations’ 4* review by Eddy Frankel, Time Out.
- September 2011, ‘Hopeless Communications’ review by whatwherewhen.com.
- June 2011, ‘Presence, Absence’ review by Alex Tieghi-Walker, Aesthetica Blog

Interviews

- June 2015, Interview with Saturation Point's Laura Davidson, saturationpoint.org.uk