James Capper. Prototypes

14 Oct 2015 – 6 Dec 2015

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11.00 - 17.00

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Southwark Park Galleries - Lake Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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CGP London is thrilled to present PROTOTYPES, an exhibition that celebrates local artist James Capper’s playful take on contemporary sculptural practice and will be his largest solo exhibition to date in London.


PROTOTYPES spans both CGP galleries and Southwark Park itself, centred around a new sculptural commission ATLAS Prototype, within a large survey exhibition; of recent work including sculpture, preparatory sketches, documentation and maquettes providing access to the meticulous levels of mechanical problem solving behind Capper’s practice. James Capper employs the techniques of industrial design to create sculpture in action. He designs and builds hydraulic machines that gouge, scratch and score the materials to which they are applied. They are both sculptures and sculptural tools in demonstration. Capper divides his works into four main ‘divisions’, each categorised by their function. Capper’s hydraulic mobile sculptures are now internationally renowned, much for the sophisticated level of engineering they employ. PROTOTYPES surveys examples of prototype works developed by the artist since 2010, some of which have since developed into; monumental sculptural works. Prototypes mark a significant stage in the creative process the crucial stage in which a concept or thought materialises into matter, to be evaluated and tested towards the definition of a final form or purpose. This exhibition provides a rare insight into Capper’s sculptural language, exposing the often unseen drafts and stages of development which lead to his now infamous, sophisticated mobile sculptures which test the limits of mechanical engineering and our very understanding of functionality. CGP London has commissioned Capper to develop ATLAS Prototype. A new mobile sculpture developed in direct response to the unique in-situ poured concrete architecture of Dilston Grove. Throughout the exhibition we will watch demonstrations of ATLAS Prototype carve into its own plinth, turning over a period of time the cubed mass into a sphere. Resembling its namesake’s immortalised motif (Atlas the Titan was condemned by Zeus to carry the Heavens on his back for eternity, a legend often misrepresented by an image of Atlas carrying a globe on his back as opposed to the skies). Alongside ATLAS Prototype Capper presents other examples of his pioneering divisions of functional sculptures including TELESTEP and MIDI MARKER in The Gallery and TREADTOE outside in Southwark Park (all from Capper’s Earth Marking Division of works) and smaller handheld sculptures known as Nippers from his Carving Division. CGP LONDON, Gallery by the Pool, 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA. www.cgplondon.org // +44 20 7237 1230 // press@cgplondon.org Registered Charity no. 1073851 CGP LONDON THE GALLERY DILSTON GROVE www.cgplondon.org admin@cgplondon.org +44 (0) 20 7237 1230 Throughout the exhibition the artist will demonstrate ATLAS in a series of free public events. Please check our website for more information. James Capper (b. London. 1987) works and lives in Southwark, London. Teaching himself welding at an early age, James studied at Chelsea College and the Royal College of Art. He won the Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2009 and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in the same year. Major solo exhibitions include the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Modern Art Oxford and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and is currently exhibiting a new commission at the 2015 Venice Biennale (at Rio dell’Orso). An unabridged catalogue of unique sculpture components was published by the Hato Press in 2014 and is available at the CGP London bookshop. James Capper is represented by Hannah Barry Gallery, London and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York. JAMES CAPPER // PROTOTYPES is generously supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England and Southwark Council.

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