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Exhibition Opening
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, Ontario

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Mask Series #1, #2, #3, #4, enamel model paint on molded acrylic, 2016-17, from the collection of Mim and Rob O’Dowda

To the Unseen Future
James Kirkpatrick

November 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019

To The Unseen Future creates a space of spontaneity and discovery where social activity is unstructured yet unavoidable. London based artist, James Kirkpatrick takes familiar artistic and cultural elements and strategically manipulates them through layering and repetition to create movement, depth and meaning. Like a palimpsest—something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form and meaning—his work functions as a narrative that extends and reinterprets preceding narratives, endlessly constructing new relationships and links between objects and people in an unending number of ways.

Well known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib, Kirkpatrick has gleaned his unique visual language through years of participation in the underground worlds of graffiti, hip-hop, noise music and surfing the Great Lakes. Working in a variety of media and mixing vintage pop-culture imagery found in underground comics, retro video games, and outsider science fiction, with symbolic references hidden in secret societies he seamlessly integrates figuration and abstraction; painting and sculpture; drawing and sound; textiles and zines; performance and glitch.

To the Unseen Future creates a space of spontaneity and discovery where social activity is unstructured yet unavoidable. Here, art is a form of playing with the world.


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Image courtesy of Justin Broadbent

Artist & Curator Talks

Animation & Collaboration with Jessie Jacobs and James Kirkpatrick
November 15, 7PM

Playing the World with Lisa Daniels
November 22, 7PM

In Conversation with James Kirkpatrick
November 29, 7PM


For more information about the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, visit jnaag.ca or call 519-336-8127.

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