A solo exhibition exploring the relevance of the figure and how objects and totemic gestures such as flags, statues or plinths are used within the work to impose forms of power, authority and control.By employing the motifs of figurative art, patriarchal depictions of masculinity and nationhood, Fitzpatrick’s domineering sculptures express intention of undermining them, rendering them absurd and dumb.
For this ambitious site-specific installation, curated by Chris Bayley, Fitzpatrick will exploit the limitations of the 16-metre vitrine as a means to further disrupt and undermine the works. The works acknowledge their own confinements of the vitrine itself, adopting the inherent limitations to their advantage.
Spanning sculpture, painting, installation, spoken word and sound, works attempt to heighten and question the experience of what it means to stand in front of something that has been made with the express intention of supporting, qualifying or glorifying an ideal of authority, placing its viewer under a state of subordination.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2015, Fitzpatrick has exhibited widely across the UK, including; ‘UK/RAINE’: a collaboration between the Firtash Founation and Saatchi Gallery, exhibiting the work of emerging artists from UK and Ukraine, in which he was awarded the Sculpture Prize; ‘New Contemporaries 2015’ in Primary & Backlit, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham and ICA, London; ‘Cowley Manor Sculpture Garden Show’, Cheltenham and Pause Patina at Camden Arts Centre, London. Fitzpatrick is also part of Pangaea Sculptor’s Centre six-week Autumn Residency Programme showcasing the works within two exhibitions: ‘Taking Shape: Sculpture on the Verge and Which one of these is the non-smoking lifeboat?’
Jamie Fitzpatrick’s forthcoming exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England, with additional support from Diversity Arts Forum.
VITRINE is focused on artist experimentation and development; material, process and installation led practice at its core.
Existing in two parts: gallery and projects, VITRINE invites and fosters the development and presentation of new work in spaces in London and Basel, at art fairs internationally and through off-site projects. Establishing a strong reputation as a selector and nurturer of new talent in London and internationally, VITRINE represents: Jonathan Baldock, Edwin Burdis, Justin Eagle, Tim Etchells, Clare Kenny, Wil Murray and Charlie Godet Thomas.
VITRINE’s space on Bermondsey Square focuses on installation and site-responsive exhibitions and promotes a new model of exhibition-making. Whilst enclosed behind glass, the works extend beyond its boundaries into the surrounding public space. Exhibitions viewable 24/7.
VITRINE commissions the public sculpture programme on Bermondsey Square (since 2014) and presents an array of events and experiences to enhance and support its programme.