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Upcoming Installations

The Sound Mods of James Kirkpatrick
By James Kirkpatrick
September 22, 2017 to November 26, 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Thurs, Sat, Sun; 10:00 to 19:30 Fri
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
FREE
This exhibition of work by graffiti, hip hop and multi-media artist James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario features his interactive sound sculptures. Mila Petkovic in Metro wrote “Kirkpatrick’s bright and highly detailed work takes its inspiration from science fiction, cartoons and the secret worlds of video games.” Kirkpatrick's sound sculptures are created by circuit-bending, or re-purposing, consumer electronics toys as well as by transforming their visual appearance with his playful and colourful style. These sculptures invite group play and collaboration to create beats, melodies and scratchy textures out of discarded electronic toys.

Featured in the show are his Brain sound sculptures, a piece called “None Hop Blue”, a new variation on his sound towers and a collection of circuit bent electronics to jam with as well. Also, don't miss opening night artist talk and demonstration by James Kirkpatrick on September 22 as well as his September 23 circuit-bending and vocals hip hop performance under the moniker Thesis Sahib.
James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario is a dynamic multi-media artist. He is known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as the avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib. He is also active in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. His artwork has been shown extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. 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. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.