James Ireland's minimal sculptures reference and subvert the language of landscape and nature. Through the subtlest of gestures, he is able to evoke experiences of nature - a sunrise or sunset, a waterfall or mountain range. Yet for Ireland the works' careful framing, using steel grids or ellipses to dictate his viewers' experiences, echoes and mimics the way that nature is presented to us artificially through the language of advertising that surrounds us.
In this exhibition, Ireland will exhibit a new body of sculptures, combining freestanding and suspended ellipses with wall-based modular pieces. In the works, the industrial steel frames contrast with the branches or crystals that represent nature. These works lie at the point where minimalism and arte-povera meet.
Ireland recently completed a large-scale sculptural commission for the Economist Group in London, You Mistake My horror for Love. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the European Triennial of Small-Sized Sculpture in Slovenia, Beyond the Country: perspectives of the land in historic and contemporary art, Lewis Gluckman Gallery, Cork, Uncanny Nature at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, where one of his works is permanently installed. This is his third exhibition at f a projects.