Thesis James Kirkpatrick

I’m getting to the point where I’m figuring out how to take complex concepts and make the final piece simpler in its presentation.

My days currently are much more full and busier than ever, working on my visual art and my songs from the second I get up in the morning.

Collapsing the boundary between artist, gallery and viewer, the exhibition will lead the visitor on a journey of discovery as one medium shifts and morphs into another.

James Kirkpatrick’s work produces a space for social empathy to emerge, ignited by the intertwining of technological and human flaws, secrets and communication.

In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements.

By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held sculptures that function as both musical instruments and experimental sound machines.

James Kirkpatrick, born in London, ON in 1977, attended H. Beal Secondary School and received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. In 2014 the Mc Intosh Gallery at Western University mounted a solo exhibition of James Kirkpatrick’s paintings, drawings, video, sound sculpture and installation work.

He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in new York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. Most recently in November 2018, the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia organized a mid-career survey of Kirkpatrick’s work dating from 1999.

My DPhil focuses on the meaning of generic sentences, such as ‘Ravens are black’ and ‘Ducks lay eggs’.

Generics express claims about what properties are characteristic for members of a particular kind.


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