James Clarkson (b.1987, Chester, UK) is an artist based in Sheffield, UK. He is interested in understanding the relationship between everyday objects, culture and technology. This investigation is underpinned by a fetishized 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 Spot as a Yellow Sun, Rod Barton Gallery, London (2012), Small Rome, Frutta, Rome (2014) and Return Journey, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2014) and has participated in a number of collaborative projects with artists including Haroon Mirza and Ditte Gantriis. James Clarkson is also a recent recipient of the Freelands Artist Programme in association with Site Gallery, Sheffield and the 2020 Yorkshire Sculpture International 'Sculpture Network.'