Sculptor and installation artist, James Carl “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 office furnishings. Materials made for one-time purposes, such as packaging, represent seemingly long-lasting material goods; materials associated with permanence and enduring value 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.” Cambridge Galleries
James Carl’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and Asia. James Carl is represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.
James Carl was born in Montreal in 1960 and is an associate professor in the School of Fine Art & Music at the University of Guelph (SOFAM/UG). He moved to Toronto after studying at the University of Victoria, McGill University, Rutgers, and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.