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Vincent James

Jet Set Trash

Video projection

(Dimensions variable )

Jet Set Trash is a new animation in which a trash-can soars to infinity and beyond leaving a trail of rubbish in its wake.

Foldgallery, Kirkby Stephen

Evenings throughout

NY 775 087

Foldgallery is situated down Walton's Yard, off Market Square in Kirkby Stephen. From the market square, go down the yard between Age Concern and Renaissance shops. The gallery is 10 metres down on the right.

Vincent James makes sculptures, collages and animations based on objects appropriated from cartoons. In these works props from different cartoon worlds collide creating absurd and surreal interactions.

Objects originally only glimpsed in a few frames of a cartoon, become frozen in time, locked in three-dimensional space or trapped in endless loops of animation.

James’ work is populated by forms that previously existed as background items or props in the narrative and are now free to star in new plots and scenarios.

In the Bad Kids catalogue, curator Dave Hancock writes, 'The Wyle E Vincent James plunders the stores of the Acme Company as he enlivens a series of cunning contraptions. Dislocating these objects from their original context, he constructs an almost surrealist world that explodes into new scenarios, leaving us to ponder a pluming vapour trail.'

For FRED 2008 Vincent James is showing Jet Set Trash, a new animation in which a trash-can soars to infinity and beyond leaving a trail of rubbish in its wake.


Since completing an MA at Goldsmiths in 1999 Vincent James has shown both nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo. Recent exhibitions include Jet Set Trash, a solo exhibition at Hive Gallery, Barnsley and work in the Bridgewater Hall as part of Comme Ca Art's Manchester ArtMap. A forthcoming solo show at Touchstones in Rochdale will open in December 2008. His work is also part of the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection, California.

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Funded by Arts Council England