Richard James | Assemblages
28 May 2016 - 19 June 2016
Major Exhibition
I was bowled over by Richard James’ work. As an admirer of Joseph Cornell and Steve Dilworth, and having spent a lot of time on the Western Isles, and having written about wild landscapes, found objects and the sacral spaces of natural history, I guess I couldn’t be more primed to like it, but even given that preparation, well, I thought it was magnificent. Robert Macfarlane, writer.

This is work made of all the things I like. I admire the precision with which Richard uses and names his natural materials, which is a kind of respect, and the way in which his work unites a 19th Century-type interest in taxonomy and collecting, with a modern environmental awareness. In each piece, the whole is so much greater than the sum of the parts. Kathleen Jamie, Writer

Goldmark Gallery is excited to announce its first ever exhibition of the exquisite assemblages of artist Richard James, opening Saturday 28th May in Uppingham. Running for 3 weeks, the show will feature a range of James’ surreal boxes and cabinets of curiosities.

Richard James is an artist working in the vein of found-object artists and assemblers such as Joseph Cornell and Steve Dilworth. His intricately arranged boxes and display cases incorporate highly delicate individual components – egg shells, bird skulls, fish bones and glass tubes – that make of their simple wooden containers powerful and symbolic shrines to his found materials.

James’ work draws from multiple strands of influence. Star maps and constellations are frequently used as backdrops to the tiny bodies of dead birds and sea-creature carapaces, lending these minute, fragile elements a cosmic significance. Items sourced from the favourite landscapes of the British Isles, especially the West coast of Scotland, are carefully positioned within their wooden cabinets like reliquary holders containing the remains of saints, sacred icons of the magic of the natural world.

The exhibition in Uppingham opens on the 28th May and will run until 19th June 2016.

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