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Rubble in Paradise (detail), Vincent James, 2016. Ink on Cut-out Paper, 245 x 459cm. Courtesy of Paper Gallery. Rubble in Paradise (detail), Vincent James, 2016. Ink on Cut-out Paper, 245 x 459cm. Courtesy of Paper Gallery.

Vincent James's surreal new body of work, The Grand Scheme of Things gives a sense of hope to the post-apocalyptic world we are so fascinated by. Following on from his Exploring PAPER residency over the summer, Vincent James is back at PAPER gallery to present the development of his artistic practice in The Grand Scheme of Things. The exhibition will feature a variety of new works inspired by Vincent s time at PAPER: including animations, 2D work, sculpture and a large collage mural that covers most of the wall space in the gallery. For Vincent, the gallery in which these works were formulated, is as important as the various objects that appear throughout the work and star in different scenarios. Vincent sees these individual works as an installation, inspired by and produced within PAPER gallery itself. Vincent James is best known for using cartoon imagery to create surreal sculptures, paintings and animations, as in the energetic and skilful video work above entitled PAPER Saturdays (2015). His work draws on an ever expanding catalogue of objects appropriated from cartoons. However, as world events continue to take a darker turn, this has been reflected in Vincent s artwork. There is a post-apocalyptic feel to much of the work in this show, which features explosions, falling rubble and toxic waterfalls. Despite this, there is a sense of hope and a celebration of life emerging from the wreckage. PAPER gallery will showcase Vincent James' work from 9 January - 20 February 2016, with a private view on Thursday 7 January at 6pm

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