Vincent James - The Grand Scheme of Things

Exhibition Dates: 9 January - 20 February 2016 Private View: Thursday 7 January, 6-9pm

Following on from his Exploring PAPER residency over the summer, Vincent James is back at PAPER to present the development of his artistic practice in The Grand Scheme of Things. The exhibition will feature a variety of new works inspired by Vincent’s time at PAPER: including animations, 2D work, sculpture and a large collage mural that covers most of the wall space in the gallery.

For Vincent, the gallery in which these works were formulated, is as important as the various objects that appear throughout the work and star in different scenarios. Vincent sees these individual works as an installation, inspired by and produced within PAPER gallery itself.

Vincent James is best known for using cartoon imagery to create surreal sculptures, paintings and animations. His work draws on an ever expanding catalogue of objects appropriated from cartoons. However, as world events continue to take a darker turn, this has been reflected in Vincent’s artwork. There is a post-apocalyptic feel to much of the work in this show, which features explosions, falling rubble and toxic waterfalls. Despite this, there is a sense of hope and a celebration of life emerging from the wreckage. Jeffrey Lewis’ album title It’s the One’s Who’ve Cracked That the Light Shines Through from 2003 has been an inspiration for Vincent while putting together this exhibition.

After completing an MA at Goldsmiths in 1999, Vincent James has exhibited nationally and internationally. His work is part of the Touchstones Art Gallery Permanent Collection and Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection, California. Visitors to Bury’s Light Night over the last three years will remember his site-specific installations projected into empty shop windows. Since the residency PAPER has presented Vincent at The Manchester Contemporary and Sluice Art Fair.

The exhibition is funded by Arts Council of England through Grants for the Arts
Installation Views
Rubble in Paradise (detail)
Ink on Cut-out Paper
245 x 459cm
2016
Rubble in Paradise (detail)
Ink on Cut-out Paper
245 x 459cm
2016
Rubble in Paradise (detail)
Ink on Cut-out Paper
245 x 459cm
2016
The Last Word in Lonesome is Me
Tissue Paper, Acetate, Plastic Straws, Wire & Looped Animation
2016
Boombox
Ink on Cut-out Paper and Looped Animation
2016
It’s the Ones Who’ve Cracked That the Light Shines Through
Ink on Tissue Paper
2015
Artwork:
Skulduggery
Ink on cut-out Paper
42 x 29cm
2015
£350 (framed)
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Mental Block 
Ink on cut-out Paper
29 x 21cm
2015
£300 (framed)
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'Tis The Season to Burn a Brolly 
Ink on cut-out Paper
27 x 21cm
2015
£300 (framed)
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Burnt Offering
Ink on cut-out Paper
42 x 29cm
2015
£350 (framed)
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Animations
Playback
An animation made during the Exploring PAPER Residency at PAPER Gallery, Manchester in summer 2015.
Sound by Sam McLoughlin
1' 24"
Fall Out
An animation made during the Exploring PAPER Residency at PAPER Gallery, Manchester in summer 2015.
Sound by Sam McLoughlin
1' 05"
Flamin' Nora
An animation made during the Exploring PAPER Residency at PAPER Gallery, Manchester in summer 2015.
Sound by Sam McLoughlin
1' 31"
Ups & Downs
An animation made during the Exploring PAPER Residency at PAPER Gallery, Manchester in summer 2015.
Sound by Sam McLoughlin
1' 28"
PAPER Saturdays
(An animation made during the Exploring PAPER Residency at PAPER, Manchester)
1' 19"
2015