Photo: James Irwin in London

James Irwin


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.

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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Digital, Film & Video, Sculpture, Sound, Text
Tags digital artist, post-internet, systems art, digital art, reductive, digital print, digital media, technology, art and technology

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