Jim Ricks Projects
Carving out space in unexpected/nontraditional venues and locations, Jim Ricks Projects is interested in pushing acceptable notions of a hybridized art/curatorial practice while simultaneously dissolving normally accepted hierarchies. Using a methodology akin to collaging, Jim Ricks Projects works with appropriation (challenges to ownership and authorship) and sees curation as a logical extension of that. The result is likely not within the current language used in the art world, additionally this type of activity can be seen as both an expansion of the combined activities, but also an erosion of them.
JUSTMAD 5 Art Fair
The work of work Gillian Lawler and Marcel Vidal with Mark Cullen, Hannah Fitz, David Eager Maher, Maria McKinney, Jim Ricks will be shown JUSTMAD Art Fair 19- 23 February, 2014. This exhibition focuses on the artists related methodologies and end aesthetics. Each work and each artist reworks reality into thoughtful collaborative sculptural installations, detailed watercolours, and oil paintings that portray and invite the viewer into worlds both fantastic and reordered.
###Sluice Art Fair
presents Nina Amazing, Maggie Madden, Jim Ricks and Marcel Vidal
19 – 20 October 2013
The work of Nina Amazing, Maggie Madden, and Marcel Vidal, with daily performances by Toby Caldicott as organised and conceived by Jim Ricks, was shown at Sluice Art Fair in London this October 19 – 20.
Carving out space in unexpected and nontraditional venues and locations, Jim Ricks Projects is interested in pushing acceptable notions of a hybridized art/curatorial practice while simultaneously dissolving normally accepted hierarchies. Using a methodology akin to collaging, Jim Ricks Projects works with appropriation (challenges to ownership and authorship) and sees curation as a logical extension of that. The result is likely not within the current lexicon of the art world. This type of activity can be seen as both an expansion of the combined activities, but also an erosion of them.
This exhibition focuses on the artists related methodologies. Each work and each artist appropriates and reworks found images and materials into thoughtful sculptural installations, detailed watercolours, digital collages, and a piece in which the participant joins in rap subculture.
Nina Amazing is a cancer researcher–cum–artist based in Galway, Ireland. A genuine outsider to the artworld, Amazing’s practice is an ongoing series of monumental digital collage narratives where Spandex-clad fictional characters face off with ‘derailed’ popular icons in a decadent, disturbing and fantastic world of her making that make reference to Geocities, fitness advertisements, tabloids, and historical battle paintings
Using everyday materials Maggie Madden create specific works in response to the spaces she installs in. With considered assembly, recycled materials are reassembled to redefine space and their own identities. Rubber wall base strips cuts vertically to the ceiling and collects on the floor. The literal use of framing to create a ‘line drawing’ in this installation elusively detourns the traditional gallery architecture of the cube.
Marcel Vidal's practice focuses on drawing, sculpture and building site-specific installations that are imbued with iconography. Stunning and technically adept watercolours which are equal parts allure and repulsion to luxury, glamour, and fame. He places himself as the creator of the ultimate adept fan art in this series of Tumblr Famous girls. Exploring illusion, vanity, fame, leaders and followers.
Toby Caldicott is a television art director and professional tattoo artist. In Wu Tang Forever Free WuTang tattoos are provided to members of the public. The relational performance was organised and conceived by Jim Ricks. This piece works with issues of the imitation, permissionless, subcultures, memes, divergence, and doppelgängers and asks can Wu Tang Clan sue its fans for ripping off their logo if its tattooed on their bodies?• Sluice, "Further response to ‘Repositioning the Visual Arts’", February 4, 2014, by Karl England
• Image Daily, “Art For Whose Sake?”, November 12, 2013, by Georgia Corcoran
• The Daily Quirk, “Sluice Art Fair Review”, October 28, 2013, by Austin McFadden
• Londonist, “Sluice Art Fair – Breaking The Mould”, October 6, 2013, by Tabish Khan