David Risley Gallery is proud to announce our first solo sho w of James Aldridge in
Representation of the natural world is central to James Aldridge’s work. How we
relate to images of nature and the folklore and superstitions that surrounds them
affect o ur reading of these images. The crow\, which repeatedly features in
Al dridge’s work\, has long been seen as an ominous portent. Rather than a sim ple
representation of a bird\, the image of the crow carries with it m yriad
In Aldridge’s work a tension between the real and fantastic is revealed and
establishes a compelling psychological space. The conventions of landscape
representation are abandoned in th ese paintings — horizons disappear and gravity
and orientation fail to obey the usual rules. Yet connections between these birds\,
plants an d other animals and the landscape remain\, conjuring a strangely
atmos pheric result. Tension lies in the interplay between decorative and beautif ul
elements and the implied violence of dripping or vomited blood and nightmarish
mutated mandalas. Polyhedral objects exert a gravitational influence on the
compositions\, exploding or imploding their space\, while rendering these enigmatic
objects both incongruous and pivotal. These enigmatic forms refer to 16th century
explorations of perspectiv e\, and like the natural history illustrations that
Aldridge reference s they come from a time when art and science were more
intimately rela ted to humanistic discovery than postmodern aesthetics.
These elements of Aldridge's imaginaire recall this rich legacy but are
re-establish ed in a hallucinatory world where these disparate characters interact
to make a whole.
James Aldridge was born in the UK in 1971 and lives a nd works in Småland\, Sweden. Recent
solo exhibitions have included Po ppy Sebire Gallery\, London (2011)\, Gabriel Rolt\,
Amsterdam (2010)\; Galería Casado Santapau\, Madrid (2009)\; Suite Gallery\, Wellington NZ
(2009) and David Risley Gallery\, London (2008). Group exhibitions inclu de First Cut\,
Manchester City Art Gallery\, Apopcalypse Now\, Nieuw D akota\, Amsterdam (2011)\, Second
Biennial of The Canary Islands\, San ta Cruz de Tenerife (2009)\; On that which remains\,
Nassauischer Kuns tverein\, Wiesbaden (2008)\; PLUS\, Museum Wiesbaden (2007)). His painting< br />Cold Mouth Prayer was commissioned for Tate Modern and he has work in several major
international\, private collections. Aldridge holds an M A from the Royal College of Art
and in 1998 was awarded the Rome Schol arship in Fine Art. Upcoming shows include Empty
Distances\, Mark Moor e Gallery L.A. curated by Caryn Coleman-Mojica\, First Cut\, Djanogly
Gallery\, Nottingham touring to Southampton City Art Gallery and a solo sho w at Nässjö

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