• Working Project • is proud to present our second artist in residence, Alexander James. Born in 1993, James lives and works in London where he studied at the notable Camberwell School of Arts receiving a BA in illustration where he focused mainly on moving image and painting. Since leaving Camberwell James’ work has been exhibited in London & Berlin and following his three-month residency at • Working Project • (11 October - 31st December) he will exhibit work for the first time in New-York.
As a child, he was guided by his grandfather’s documentary skills and insistence on watching black and white Native American films. This inspired James’ earlier video experimentations leading to a lat er decision to include himself as the main subject of his work. A Kid Who Walked The Plank , his first show at Working Project continues his questioning and intrigue of the artist and self as a biographical figure in his work.
A Kid - Alex James The Plank - A shifting postition
He mentions “my thoughts and processes have always been from the land facing outwards to the sea but I now want to shift my point of view”. In A Kid who Walked the Plank James imagines himself lost at sea grappling with found materials facing inwards. Part of James’ current work is re-creating what he has previously experienced, be that past footage, memories or stories. He then builds on this forming his own narrative, in this instance imagining his works as islands out at sea with which James draws parallels between the studio and the sea; the studio walls manage to confine and limit ideas whereas the open expanse of the sea does not limit.
• Working Project • is hosting an exciting new residency programme based in West London alongside their creative co-working environment home to artists and start-ups. The aim of this residecny is to encourage emerging artists to expand and experiment within their practice. Based currently in London’s iconic Whiteley’s Centre we will move location in 2019 , currently penned for Busspace studios W10.