South Parade, London
South Parade is pleased to present a solo presentation of the British artist James Fuller (b. 1988 UK) who lives and works in Athens, Greece. Entitled ‘Sealed from the inside’, Fuller presents new, specifically made floor and wall based sculptures that build upon his solo exhibition Perfect Living at South Parade (London 2021). Speculatively dealing in the currency of real world surfaces, his work is a spontaneous archive of relations, a skim—of a skin—of a plate. A world built back from patterns of repeat behaviour, subtle gestures, and small beginnings on a journey of assemblage, alchemy and failure—to produce hollow, chimerical non human volumes where our interactions are felt but not faithfully represented. It is a place where discarded and wasted energies come to thrive. These works incorporate ideas of ritual, labour and are situated in a space between craft objects and digitally manufactured goods. Unreal objects of contradictory emotions — where details dissolve and melt, and reform back into newly stitched surfaces, constantly slipping between malleability and fixed states. Marseille will sit temporarily at the centre of our cross border collaboration. The city serves as a natural meeting point between northern Europe (where the gallery is based) and Southern Europe (where Fuller’s practice navigates the expansive industrial infrastructure of Athens).
James Fuller (b.1988, UK) graduated from the Royal College of Art (Sculpture MA) in 2018, where he was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Post-graduate Sculpture Prize and the Tiffany’s x Outset Studiomakers award. He was also supported by a Leathersellers educational grant, Gilbert Bayes Scholarship for sculpture and a Stapely Trust educational grant during this period. He was awarded a DYCP development grant from Arts Council England in 2021. He works predominantly in sculpture, but sculpture that can exist in many forms, thin metal skins, wall reliefs, hollow objects— working without a strict material palette, but pursuing experimental industrial processes and collaborations with a strong interest in metallurgy, plating and casting that skim the surface of different source objects. Selected exhibitions include ‘Perfect Living’ a solo exhibition at South Parade, London in 2021, Under the Volcano, Brooke Benington Gallery in Mexico City (2020), An Arrangement in Two Halves, a Bench in Two Parts, with artist Marco Miehling at William Benington Gallery (2019). Further Images, White Crypt – Curated by Anais Lerendu & Adam Thomas (2018) Fuller will participate in the upcoming edition of Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer (UK) in 2022. He lives and works in Athens, GR.