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Artist James Capper in residence at IZOLYATSIA

12 February 2018

On February 19-25, 2018, British artist James Capper will be a new resident at IZOLYATSIA. On February 24, at 3 PM, he will give an artist talk at the IZONE Creative Community. 

The artist will talk about his practices and the multistage process of creating mobile sculptures. Borrowing techniques from industrial machine engineering, James Capper’s way of making mobile sculpture consists of three distinct but interrelated processes – drawing, making sculpture and the capacities and application of the sculpture in action. 

His sculptural language evolves along different modular chains he terms ‘Divisions’ – a network of interrelated sculpture families each grouped according to specialised application. Each sculpture produces questions that the next attempts to answer, so that over time each Division produces its own clear familial iconography and application in action. 

Capper’s works vary in size, from handheld Power Tools in the Carving Division to larger scale works in the Earth-marking or Material Handling Divisions. James Capper is interested in post-industrial locations and human-machine relations in digital age, so while in Kyiv, he will study the remnants of the Podil industrial complex and collect ideas for his next project. 

The artist talk will be held at IZONE, vul. Naberezhno-Luhova 8. 


Following his studies at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, James Capper's work has been widely exhibited around the world in museums, not for profit institutions and galleries. Notable solo presentations of his work include RIPPER TEETH IN ACTION at Modern Art Oxford (2011), DIVISIONS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), SIX STEP at Rio dell’Orso with Alma Zevi for the Venice Biennale (2015), PROTOTYPES at CGP London (2016), ATLAS A SPOLETO! / TELESTEP A SPOLETO!, Anna Mahler Association project for the Mahler & LeWitt Studios & Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy (2016), SCULPTURE & HYDRAULICS at The Edge Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Bath (2017) and JAMES CAPPER at Bathurst Art Gallery, New South Wales Australia (2017). The youngest ever artist to be awarded the prestigious Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, his work is the subject of critical debate and dialogue about positions in sculpture in the 21st Century and continues to challenge varied audiences everywhere it is shown. He lives and works in Bermondsey, South London and has major new sculpture projects forthcoming in 2018: HYDRA STEP / HYDRA SHUFFLE in Sydney, Australia, AEROCAB in Verbier, Switzerland and WALKING WORKBOAT in London.

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