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From Public Sessions with LASA, San Augustín, La Lisa, La Habana, Cuba, August 2017.

Jim Ricks

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From States of Emergency, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman, Imperial War Museum, London, October 2017 – May 2018

Jim Ricks

Jim Ricks

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Detail of Carpet Bombing,handmade in Afghanistan, 2015.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Somewhere between emerging and mid-career conceptual artist Jim Ricks received his education in equal parts: Montessori, Jesuit, Art School, 90's Graffiti, and Activist. From San Francisco, he is naturalised Irish after arriving there for an MFA more than a decade ago.

Ricks works as a semiological researcher through a form of political collage. He problematises preconceptions about nationality, race, and politics with a droll Marxian epistemology. His work is research driven, historically and publicly engaged, and site specific, occupying a territory between curation and theft - it can be seen as an exercise in creolization. His work dwells on value and how we arrive at it.

Examples of projects include Bouncy megalithic tombs, a global search for the Truth, drone warfare rugs made in Afghanistan, a gable-end mural in Derry, NI, his own branded methodology of Synchromaterialism, Art Fair interventions, independent curator, creator of the 'National Centre of Ontology' in Mexico City, and a giant baseball sculpture in Cuba to collect the autographs of the local residents.

Jim Ricks is an Irish and American conceptual artist. He has had solo shows at Casa Maauad (Mexico City, Mexico), Pallas Projects (Dublin, IRL), the Hugh Lane Gallery (Dublin, IRL), Onomatopee (Eindhoven, NL), and shown in a number of group shows including at the Imperial War Museum (London, UK), Jack Shainman Gallery (NYC, USA), Ulster Museum (Belfast, NI), Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (Dublin, IRL), Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, IRL), Galway Arts Festival (Galway, IRL), Art Basel Miami Art Public (Miami), The Limerick City Gallery of Art (Limerick, IRL), Shunt (London, UK),  Stattbad (Berlin, Germany), and the Cranbrook Art Museum (Detroit, USA). Residencies include LASA (Havana, Cuba), Casa Maauad (Mexico City, Mexico), Nerve Centre Fab Lab Residency (Derry, NI), A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah, Palestine), Heinrich Böll Residency, Achill Island (IRL), Ard Bia (Berlin), and Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr (IRL). Ricks has also curated projects with Culture Ireland, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Sluice Art Fair, and Just Mad Art Fair.

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In Search of the Truth, collaborative public art project travelling the world, 2011 – present.

Jim Ricks

Jim Ricks

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Part of the 'We Don't Know' series, 2016.

Jim Ricks

Jim Ricks

Jim Ricks

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Future Artist-Maker, Derry, NI, Limerick, Ireland, and Madrid, Spain, November 2016 – May 2017

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Tortas, Don't get it Twisted, Oil on canvas, 2016.

Jim Ricks