JIM RICKS



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Synchromaterialism
Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin
October 15 – November 13, 2010

"Jim Ricks has developed the method of synchromaterialism as a means to consider the territory where art meets capitalism. To do this properly, history must be re-worked, splintered and re-imagined. Ricks will use the quotidian fragments of capitalism and empire in the last century to weave a new ‘conspiratorial’ narrative that undercuts and supersedes the prevailing mainstream ones. Subjective slices of everyday life and history are collected and, depending on scarcity, re-created. They will be displayed according to an intuitive synchronicity based on politics, aesthetics, history, and philosophy. Disjointed and unexpected symbols of struggle and power will form a ring of interconnected information in the gallery space.

An ongoing theme in Ricks’ practice of collecting iconic, odd and politically accessible chachka has led him to markets from Cairo to San Diego to Berlin to Ebay and beyond. He uses the most basic mechanisms of capitalism: markets, transactions and accumulation as the underlying system for the creation of a body of work. However, if Ricks cannot purchase an artefact for a reasonable price or at all, he will remake it. The ‘art’ of this work comes into play with his editorial vision and curation of these found and re-created objects and there re- positioning alongside disparate other ones.

By not covering one particular aspect of capitalism Ricks asks the viewer the more abstract questions: How do we know these things?; How did these things come to be?"

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