The Black Mariah

Mon – Sat: 12pm – 6pm

Viewing by appointment only Monday – Wednesday.
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27 / 1 – 9 / 3 2013

Using a language somewhere between the museum display and the flea market, Jim Ricks presents Exceptionally Great: Small Monuments, his second Synchromaterialism show. This is essentially a complex collaging system. It uses the most basic mechanisms of capitalism: markets, transactions, production and accumulation, as the underlying system for the creation of a body of work. A synchronistic vision connects these found, bought, borrowed and ‘knocked-off’ objects. To do this properly, history must be re-worked, splintered and re-imagined. A new ‘conspiratorial’ narrative that undercuts and supersedes the prevailing mainstream ones is woven. Subject matter ranges from the pop, the local and the absurd. Ricks further blurs the lines between curator, editor and artist as several other artists works are included in the show.

Born in California, Jim Ricks has resided in Ireland for 7 years. He earned his MFA from the National University of Ireland, Galway/Burren College of Art programme and received his BFA from the California College of the Arts. He has exhibited throughout Ireland and internationally.

Jim Ricks aims to disrupt, rearrange and detourn the bourgeois narrative. As such, his work deals with borders, ownership, commodity, institutions, identity and publics. He uses synchronicity, imitation and appropriation as a vehicle to explore these ideas. Ricks takes a ‘hands-off’ approach and finds his art in the combination, imitation and collection of existing things. His work can be seen as a semiological investigation into context, knowledge, disintegration and the contested territory between the ‘manufactured’ and the ‘authentic’. By openly imitating art and life through available means and materials he explores the grey area between flattery and theft, while re-wiring history into a new narrative. Ricks’ work is also influenced by his background as a prolific graffiti artist and a political activist.

Ricks continues to tour the collaborative public work: ‘In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)’. He recently curated ‘Apposite Extravaganza: Cheating Progress’ for the Volvo Ocean Race Galway and ‘Death and Sensuality’ (San Francisco) for Imagine Ireland. In the last 2 years Ricks has created the touring public work ‘Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen’ and shown at Peanut Gallery (Chicago), Occupy Space (Limerick), Pallas Contemporary Projects (Dublin), and the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin). Upcoming shows include: Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery (Clare), and the Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery.

Special thanks to The National Irish Visual Arts Library, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Block T, Nevan Lahart, Gillian Joyce and Alan Phelan.