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James Ireland uses ordinary objects and found images to conjure up sublime illusions of idyllic landscapes. By arranging simple, easily recognisable domestic and mass produced items, such as lights, plastic bags, book pages and concrete blocks, Ireland creates the epic out of the mundane, providing us with brief glimpses of exotic locations and perfect vistas. His work questions how we think about nature, and explores how ideas of landscape are defined by mass culture.
Playing with our desire for the far away, the beautiful and the sublime through our interactions with the everyday, man-made world, he unpicks the seams that bind our idea of 'natural' beauty together.
This show consists of two new commissions for Angel Row Gallery alongside pieces produced over the past year, all of which have never been shown before in the UK. The first commission is a film produced from hundreds of found images of the sun, with each image providing one individual frame. The second is a site specific sculptural installation.
James Ireland (b.1977) graduated from the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford in 1999. He currently lives and works in Bristol. He is currently represented by FA projects, London.
James Ireland: This is A Test