Anthony James
Anthony James

Anthony James

The effect is both esoteric and industrial, orphic and distinctly concrete.

Anthony James’ work takes on the concepts of the universal and transcendental in order to demonstrate the impossibility of their representation.

Read full biography

Anthony James is a British-born, LA-based multi-media artist. Perhaps best known for setting fire to a Ferrari in a birch forest and entombing the ravaged car and trees in an installation called Kθ (2008), James is fixated with speed, mechanisation, and the search for new practices to reflect themes of death, destruction, and rebirth. The sculptor, painter and performance artist incorporates a variety of industrial objects, steel vitrines, aluminum sculptures, detritus and wall-mounted installations. His use of display cases invite comparisons to Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

James’ practice also tackles concepts of the universal and the transcendental to demonstrate the impossibility of their representation. He takes inspiration from the historical cosmology of Plato - particularly in his icosahedron sculptures and colourful rings of neon. Plato relied on icosahedrons, geometric globes with twenty identical triangular faces, to demonstrate an ideal compositional system of perfect symmetry in three dimensions. James’ contemporary translations of these twenty-sided shapes, composed of steel, titanium, glass and LED structures tangibly realise ancient belief systems for twenty-first-century audiences.

James’ spectra of coloured neon circles reference the ancient concept of the universe as a set of concentric planetary orbits. Like his icosahedrons, the neon wall sculptures seek to represent the ancient, metaphysical ideals of unity and order. Whilst James’ works illustrate ideals, the artworks themselves are not universal, they are authentic and existent.

James studied at Central St. Martins School of Art in London. He has exhibited at Patrick Painter, Los Angeles, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, Kantor/Feuer, New York, Art Basel, Marc Selwyn, Los Angeles, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, The New Museum, New York, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York and Thread Waxing Space, New York. Anthony James’ first monograph, morphic fields, was published by Hatje Cantz in 2014.

 

In the studio with Anthony James, 2019. Photo credit: Sean Deckert

Perfect symmetry in three dimensions - Icosahedrons - 2019

Play
Pause

Instagram

Welcome to Unit London

Sign up for updates on exhibitions, artists and events.

We will process the personal data you have supplied in accordance with our privacy policy. You can unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time by clicking the link in any emails.
Close

Basket

No items found
Close

Your saved list

This list allows you to enquire about a group of works.
No items found
Close

Welcome to Unit London.

Close

Request exhibition catalogue

Register your interest

How can we help?

What interests U?

In order to respond to your enquiry, we will process the personal data you have supplied in accordance with our privacy policy. You can unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time by clicking the link in any emails.

Close
Search
Close