UNBOUND - James Chinnery Solo Exhibition
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About The Event
For the past 15 years, James has been exploring the adaptability and possibilities of paper as the principal medium in his artistic endeavours. His work does not feature books being cut into but books being dismembered, cut open and transformed into what he calls ‘Constructs’ or three-dimensional wall-sculptures. Although James has always held an interest in text based artwork and has been a fanatical reader and collector of books since his youth, it wasn’t until an in-depth conversation with a certain Peter Adams about art, writing, music and the creative process, that he discovered his future medium: paper, more often than not, sourced from old books and magazines. Since that time, his work has been supplemented with found objects and materials, generally of a decaying nature which, when combined with the appropriate type and texture, text font and colour of the paper, he releases something from a bound state into something visually stunning, complex and thought provoking.
This exhibition UNBOUND displays James’s artistic creations from the past 10 years: an eclectic mix of large- and small-scale wall-sculptures, free standing sculptures, two- dimensional paper studies and other stories; that shows the vast possibilities of paper and how it can be manipulated into something new, fresh and intriguing. In a recent conversation with George Underwood, I heard him say that he, ‘never does the same thing twice. Or at least that’s a mantra I try to stick to’. Asking James about this later, he said, ‘each piece of work takes a long time to make, and it’s the process rather than the end result which is important: the process of building something. A journey. As a result, I try to approach each new piece from a different position or point of view, a different way of seeing and working, of applying the paper and text. In this way my subject matter or focal point constantly changes, ranging from my inward life and concerns, to religious iconography and the meaning behind found objects to . . . the reinterpretation of the novel into an artistic form, an aspect that is slowly taking centre stage.’