Post-it | Artist's Talks CCAD | Week 1 Jim Ricks

Post-it | Artist's Talks CCAD | Week 1 Jim Ricks

Date: 8th May 2013
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Cost:Free

Impact8 - Cork Printmakers and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design present: POST-IT A Collabrative Print Project between Cork Printmakers and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, selected to be presented at the major print symposium IMPACT8 in Dundee, Scotland, from 28 August - 01 September 2013. Please see www.conf.dundee.ac.uk/impact8/home for further details.

The idea for this project grew from a series of meetings between Cork Printmakers and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design. We wanted to find a way to explore the links between the two organisations, allow relationships and ideas to flourish through discussion, making and finally, displaying the end result. This project is to be a conduit for the dissemination of thoughts and ideas on cultural, philosophical, spiritual, whimsical and the sublime - when you see a poster site that is not telling you what to buy, where to go, who to trust, it carries the impact of the unexpected. Given Ireland's and Europe's current economic crises, the project may also give a new, unique voice or perspective to some of these concerns. The idea is to use 100 poster sites to display work across the City of Dundee for the duration of the IMPACT8. This will allow maximum visual impact for both the artists and the viewers. We have chosen poster-sites because they are immediate, they help to take the artwork out of its usual context and setting and seeing images produced in such a way is both exciting and fresh for both organisations.

There is a strong tradition of artists using or referencing the graphic format and typography of advertising i.e. Jenny Holzer's Trueisms, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha and in more recent years David Shrigley, Superflux and more. The project will be supported and prefaced by a series of artists' talks, open to the public, to be hosted by CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and Cork Printmakers.

 

This weeks artist is Jim Ricks. Jim Ricks makes work that is politically engaged and generous, while aiming to disrupt the bourgeois narrative. As such, his work deals with borders, ownership, commodity, institutions, identity and publics. He uses synchronicity, curation, and appropriation as vehicles to explore these ideas. Ricks takes a hands-off approach and finds his art in the combination, imitation, and collection of existing things. His work can be seen as a semiological investigation into context, knowledge, disintegration and the contested territory between the 'manufactured' and the 'authentic'. By openly imitating art and life through available means and materials he explores the grey area between flattery and theft, while re-wiring history into a new narrative. Ricks' work is also influenced by his background as a prolific graffiti artist, photographer, and a political activist.

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