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Ian Kirkpatrick at East Street Arts Studios in Leeds

Ian Kirkpatrick at East Street Arts Studios in Leeds

I’m a Canadian contemporary artist and graphic designer currently based at East Street Studios in Leeds, UK.  Since 2008 I have been exhibiting my work across the UK and internationally, with shows in Montreal, New Orleans, London, Berlin, Rotterdam, New York and Chicago.  My sculptural work was commissioned for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, and has been the recipient of a Canada Council Project Grant in 2012.  I recently won funding from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a year-long residency with Leeds Museums and Galleries, culminating in a city-wide sculpture trail of new work during November 2015.

My work explores the sculptural and communicative potential of commercial packaging design.  I’m interested in the ways that everyday disposable products can be used to express society’s myths, fears and obsessions—recalling the ritualistic function of ancient decorative vessels such as Greek vases and Egyptian sarcophagi.  My sculptures collapse and travel in their own plinths, and are easily assembled into ‘instant’ exhibitions that reflect the parallel aesthetics of museums, galleries and department stores.

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