Approved: 26.07.2011

James Moore

Artist, Curator

Approved: 26.07.2011

My paintings explore our seemingly increasing detachment from the real world within a visual culture of ever increasing simulacra. The scenes that I depict are dream-like, being the product of imagination and inner-space more than any observed reality.

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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Private commissions, Curating, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Animation, Digital, Painting
  • Tags: Painting, Paint, Game, Photo, Animation, Virtual, Entropy, Landscape, Dream, Surrealism
 
 

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      Biography

      My paintings explore our seemingly increasing detachment from the real world within a visual culture of ever increasing simulacra. The scenes that I depict are dream-like, being the product of imagination and inner-space more than any observed reality.

      These works are explorations of hypereality, representation, video game imagery, mimesis and simulacra, and how the interplay of these things can be explored in the conventions of painting.

      My work has evolved from a kind of straight forward photo-realist style into a painting technique that plays with mimicry and simulacra. For me, painting has always been about fakery – about synthesising the world into a plastic space. Today, it has little to do with transcribing direct observations onto canvas, but more to do with mimicking the plethora of media, looking inwards rather than outwards.

      I’m interested in aggravating and manipulating my role as a painter of realistic imagery. There’s no truth to be found in my work, the paintings are of subjects that are usually either fake, don't really exist, or are impossible to see in the flesh, but that still have a collective reality amongst groups of people. They act as a pointer to the plastic, simulated space that we increasingly inhabit. I often use source material that is a bad copy of the ‘real’, such as a museum diorama or computer game. I’m interested in exploiting the falseness of painting and mediated representations, and investigating a kind of melancholy that I feel when confronted with the apparently total embracement our culture has for the virtual, the simulation, the construct.

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training

      2002 - MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
      2001 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

      Solo exhibitions

      2014 - Counter Worlds, Futures Gallery, Cardiff
      2013 - Mount Analogue, St David's Hall, Cardiff
      2001 - Arc Arts, Arc Gallery Store, The Northern Quarter, Manchester

      Group Exhibitions

      2016 - Sound & Vision, Paper Gallery, Manchester
      2016 - Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part III, Dean Clough, Halifax
      2016 - London Art Fair, Paper Gallery, London
      2015 - [dis]Corporate Bodies 11, The Unstitute
      2015 - artists@WAR, GalleryELL
      2015 - The Manchester Contemporary
      2015 - Art Copenhagen, Denkmark
      2015 - Generation Loss, Paper Gallery, Manchester
      2015 - KÖLNER LISTE, Cologne
      2015 - London Art Fair, Paper Gallery, London
      2014 - Exhange Rates, Paper Gallery, Sluice Art Fair New York
      2014 - Manchester Contemporary, Paper Gallery, Manchester
      2014 - 'Play!', Access Space, Sheffield
      2014 - Cites of Ash, g39, Cardiff
      2014 - Snow in Summer, Peek-a-Boo Gallery, Perth
      2014 - Barnaby Festival, Paper Gallery, Macclesfield
      2014 - Supermarket Independant Art Fair, Paper Gallery, Stockholm
      2013 - Alter//Shift//Control, Bermondsey Project, London
      2013 - Terraform, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City
      2013 - Sluice Art Fair (with Paper Gallery)
      2013 - Manchester Contemporary (with Paper Gallery)
      2013 - New Lights Art Prize, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
      2013 - Trajector Art Fair, Hotel BLOOM!, Brussels
      2013 - A State of Un-Play, Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania
      2013 - Waste Lands, Greenlease Gallery, Kansas City
      2012 - Digital Romantics, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax
      2012 - Launch Exhibition, Paper, Manchester
      2012 - Manchester Contemporary, Paper, Manchester
      2012 - Outcasting: Fourth Wall, Various Venues, Cardiff
      2012 - Welsh Artist Of The Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff
      2012 - Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan
      2011 - Sho Home, Sho Gallery, Cardiff
      2011 - Winter Show, Sho Gallery, Cardiff
      2009 - Wood, Canvas, Steel?, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
      2005 - Makeshift, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
      2005 - Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
      2005 - Shelved, Octopus Gallery, Athens
      2004 - Le Petit Paysage, Liverpool Biennial Independents & Comme Ca Art Gallery, Liverpool & Manchester
      2003 - AAS Sci-Fi Double Bill, Various Venues, Birmingham
      2003 - XTC Ga Ga, Century Gallery, Cremer Street, London
      2002 - Group Exhibition, The Students Gallery, Wimbledon, London
      2002 - Red Mansion Art Prize, The London Institute Gallery, Millbank, London
      2001 - Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
      2000 - Departure Lounge, 1st Class Departure Lounge, Terminal 3, Manchester Airport

      Curated projects

      2012 - Create, Observe, Perform, Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki
      2011 - Virtually Real, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds
      2010 - Virtually Real, Blyth Gallery, London
      2006 - Britishness, Cornerhouse, Manchester
      2006 - Making Love To My Ego, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
      2004 - Peep Show, Warsaw Gallery, Manchester
      2003 - Show Home, Timber Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester

      Residencies

      2014 - Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria
      2012 - On-line Residency, The Unstitute, London
      2011 - Residency, Cite des Arts, Paris

      Competitions, prizes and awards

      2013 - New Lights Art Prize, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
      2002 - Red Mansion Art Prize Competition, The London Institute Gallery, Millbank, London