Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019
When I first moved to Bristol I saw documentation of the series of shows that constituted the Local Interference program at Works|Projects. I was impressed by the work that was produced and the subsequent impact the programme had on the practice of the selected artists.
When the opportunity to apply for Regional Interference came up I was excited by the prospect of being able to have a solo show and the opportunity of being supported by an established gallery. In terms of exhibiting I realised that I would be able to present a body of work, rather than showing single works in open submission or groups shows that I have previously been involved in.
Since graduating my work has, and still is changing and developing, and I thought it was important to consolidate a long period of making. The experience of exhibiting in this context has enabled me to develop and realise certain ideas in a more substantial way, whilst also giving me a sense of clarity in terms of where and how I want the work to progress and develop.
The support from the gallery and its director Simon Morrissey has been fantastic. Being included in the programme has meant that my practice has been made more visible, pushing it towards a more meaningful engagement with a wider network of relevant professionals, and also the art viewing public. The conversations and discussions that have come as a result of this have been, and continue to be stimulating and engaging. This has enabled me to expand professional and conceptual aspects of my practice, whilst also giving me more confidence in my ideas and output as a visual artist.
In terms of more tangible results of these ongoing dialogs, the artist Florian Roithmayr has written a text in connection to the exhibition. After having a number of studio visits and discussions with Florian he produced a brilliant series of short texts that address key aspects in my work but in an indirect way. This has released me into new, exiting and unexpected areas of research. In addition to this towards the end of this year I am part of a group show at Supercollider Contemporary Arts Projects in Blackpool, with 2 other Bristol based artists – Sebastian Jefford and Menna Cominetti.
James Parkinson was born in Leicester and studied at University College Falmouth. After graduating in 2011, he received a three-month graduate fellowship at Spike Island. He now lives and works in Bristol.
Recent exhibitions include ‘Facing That’ at Works|Projects in Bristol (2013), ‘Creekside Open’ at APT Gallery in London (2013), ‘London Artfair’ with Works|Projects Bristol (2013), ‘Savorr IX’ at Samson & Hercules House in Norwich (2012), and ‘Six Paintings’ at Malgras|Naudet in Manchester (2012).
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