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JAMES MAXWELL - BIO

I am an artist who works primarily in metal. I use the techniques of industry, such as welding and machining, to create objects. My subject matter often employs the iconography of machinery and the objects they create. I am interested in form, and how ideas, once realized in three dimensions, transform. Materials, scale and surface become agents of change. Removing an object from its context, reconfiguring its composition and scale, allows it to be something other than it was. In a sense, when we do this, we are reconfiguring ourselves. Fear is a powerful motivator.

The use of systems is important to the work I do, both in the creation of objects and the development of ideas. Operations have orders. Yet the system does not always determine the final piece. Nor is it always employed. I am not a hostage to the orthodoxy of the original concept. Often the idea changes as the piece percolates over time and new ideas bubble up. Older ideas that keep returning are given their due and are executed. New ones sometimes jump the line.

Education
1983-87: Graduate of Ontario College of Art

Exhibits & Awards

April 2017: Three Person Group Exhibition Elaine Fleck Gallery
Sept. 2016: Featured Artist Elaine Fleck
May 2016: Fleck Fine Art Catalogue Group Exhibition
March 2016: Three Person Group Exhibition Elaine Fleck Gallery
2003: Exhibited at the Interior Design Show
2001: Exhibited at the Toronto International Art Fair
1993: Group Show, From Start to Furnish at Genereux Grunwald Gallery
1989: Recipient of Ontario Arts Council’s Individual Crafts Grant
1989: Exhibited at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit
1988: Group Show, Metal Work at Gallery 76
1987: Solo Show, Rambunctious at the Weller-Potovsky Gallery
1987: Group Show, Weller-Potovsky Gallery
1987: Recipient of SAC Sculpture Scholarship
1987: Group Show, A Play of History at Power Plant’s inaugural exhibition
1986: Juried Group Exhibition, Medium is Metal, by the Metal Arts Guild
1986: Winner of Jaguar Sculpture Competition1986: Recipient of Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship for Continuing Education
1985: Juried Group Exhibition, Metals at the Guild Shop, Metal Arts Guild