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James Carl

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Ontario
Date(s):
1960-



Biography

James Carl was born in Montreal in 1960 and is an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Guelph. He moved to Toronto after studying in the University of Victoria, McGill...

James Carl was born in Montreal in 1960 and is an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Guelph. He moved to Toronto after studying in the University of Victoria, McGill University, Rutgers and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. He quickly came to attention with an ambitious series of one-to-one scale cardboard replicas of consumer and household appliances. Since then, Carl’s interest in replicating objects from the flow of consumer culture has come to involve carving white marble into disposable Styrofoam fast-food containers and cutting and folding Coroplast hand tools, car tires, and even office furnishings. Materials made for one-time purposes, such as packaging, represent seemingly long-lasting material goods, while materials associated with permanence and enduring value come to represent the fleeting impermanence of instantaneously disposable stuff. Carl’s works remark on material culture, but resist commentary in favour of confronting the viewer with starkly factual presentations of sculptural objects or their graphic equivalents. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Europe and Asia. James Carl is represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.