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Composition: Industrial marine paint on paper
Dimension: 70 x 70 cm
Framed: 83.4 x 83.4 cm
Albion Barn and Alex Eagle Studio is delighted to present an exhibition of new works titled LINEAR PAINTINGS by James Capper, produced by the artist’s painting machine HYDRALINER. Capper’s sculptural practice as a ‘speculative engineer’ leads him to work with the versatility of the machine: blurring boundaries between sculpture, biomimicry, and industrial processes.
Both Capper’s paintings and sculptures use the same industrial marine paint, bringing together the two and three-dimensional elements of his practice. The marine paint interacts with the movement of the roller arm in different ways depending upon its consistency; a heavy density forming a lacquered, gloss finish, while thinning it with solvents makes lively, wash-like marks. These contrasting consistencies express a sense of time and motion: different levels of speed within the process are implied in the variation of marks. The LINEAR PAINTINGS capture in their shifting hues both the actions and motions of the symbiotic relationship between artist and machine.
About the artist: Born in London, 1987, Capper draws from his background in agricultural mechanics to fabricate large-scale mobile sculptures. Capper completed his BA at Chelsea College of Art and Design, before studying for an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Capper received the Royal Society of British Sculptors’ Bursary Award in 2011 and was the youngest artist ever to be awarded The Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts in 2009, the same year he was nominated for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize.