A Big Xmas Problem, Buying Toys Sometimes Effects Careers
You buy them lego or Mega bricks to play with as kids, but don’t be a bit surprised when one of your off springs is still playing with little bricks when they mature and get older and one of the companies sponsor their addiction for bricks.
James is my second child and has great talent concerning fine art, and has the qualification to boot a master of art degree in fine art and sculpture. However he just can’t get away from building things from small bricks in fact he is very famous in the art world for building mega brick robot’s and it’s all my fault for buying him loads of Lego sets when he was a child.
For a big kid he does well at his art, the fact that Mega Bricks are his main sponsors and he has had exhibits in Russia, Asia, Europe and Japan and exhibited at the G8 summit some years ago with an artistic display of well water from all over the globe and a peace message tree. Yes this chip of the block is a peace activist with a love for 60’s and 80’s Then writes his own music and songs, with a love for the Australian aboriginal didgeridoo. Yes that’s my fault too. I let him play with part of my original aboriginal articles a beautiful painted didgeridoo it sort of found a home in his flat whilst he was studying art. In fact James is best friend Will’s also got hooked and became so good a player he was invited to Australia by their ambassador in London to take part in Aboriginal concerts or something similar.
Getting back to the bricks and to explain why I am writing this article for a long time I have been annoyed that such a good painter (and I am not saying that because I am his dad) was messing around with little bricks and not doing the thing he is really good at and creating what I see as real art. I have since realized after many years of seeing James exhibit that he has found a knish in the art world that not many artist have explored and because of that he has gain the fame but not the money he has always stated he does not want to really sell his art. He as achieved aims, and looks very happy with his all.
I am proud of my son and that he loves playing with toy building bricks that bring out the child pleasure to many people of whom go and see his exhibitions especially his first solo one in my home city of London. It’s of course all my fault but the bricks did keep him quiet when young I should of realized where this was all going to lead when he started on a project to build tower bridge and ask for more bricks, lol.
About the London exhibition… 13th November - 20th December 2008 - 50 Robots
(c) Exhibit 2008
Before Christmas with all news about the financial crisis, we aim to bring more colours to our lives and cheer people up!
This is the first solo show of artist James Johnson-Perkins in London. With his passion about megabloks and 80s music, in his opening night, he transformed EXHIBIT gallery into a dancing floor full of colourful robots. Thanks for our sponsor of the opening, flyfire, we even got colourful drinks for the night. Staff members from Megabloks also came to share the happiness of James’ show.
Everyone had fun especially for the children and adults who act like children. Let’s all play together especially to celebrate our sponsor, Canadian toy maker MEGA Brands since an EU court has upheld a decision this week, challenged by the Danish manufacturer, Lego, to cancel its bricks’ trademark status!
(c) Exhibit 2008
I spent my whole youth building imaginary universes with children’s building blocks”. James Johnson-Perkins
James Johnson-Perkins (born Dover, 1972) has tirelessly explored the media of children toys and produced a remarkably varied body of work, including playfully digitalized images, nostalgic computer graphics prints, gestural and chromatic abstractions and chart grid model. In November EXHIBIT at Golden Lane Estate presents “50 Robots”, a major solo show by British artist James Johnson-Perkins comprising of three new bodies of works that are sure to thrill. On the ground gallery space, Johnson-Perkins will display 50 new pieces of robot sculptures and furniture especially developed for EXHIBIT. These are composed by Megablock’s 2,800 construction bricks. For the basement installation, he has created two video projections using 8-bit computer graphics that beautifully explore the binary information shaped by animated geometric shapes. Alongside the video, akin to a three dimensional structuralism painting, is the third collection of work made up of a series of new paintings and megablock structures which, coincidently share the vision of Sarah Sze and Malevich, are essentially exploring spatial dynamics, colour relationship and geometry.
“50 Robots” is a continuation of Johnson-Perkins’ sculptural project developed since 2002. A close inspection on Johnson-Perkin’s megablock chart grid structure reveals the proximity and representation of the Swiss artist Paul Klee, especially with his work “Ancient Sound. Abstract on Black” (1925), which is characterized by “a rhythmic structure of squares and rectangles, assembled in a single musical movement in accordance with some visible law’ (Grohmann, W. 1967, p.102). Additionally Johnson-Perkins’ colorful megablock structures with these bright chromatic geometry adeptly arranged in a grid formation has created a remarkably stunning sheet of kaleidoscopic colour that transcends his favorite 80’s music into a visible form.
Johnson-Perkins’s oeuvre can be described as a nostalgia trip. His robots are in different sizes, colors and characters, which have powerful relationships between them. This new body of work concurs with the 1960’s Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans presentation but in addition Johnson-Perkins creates the attraction and curiosity of involving the viewer to discover the particularity amongst individual robot and take us on a journey that invites the audience to have a direct dialogue with different aspect of the artist’s psyche.
The private view event will feature a performance by James Johnson-Perkins entitled ‘John Peel’. This involves the artist artfully merge himself in alliance with the robots and orchestrating his favorite 80’s records, including tracks by: The Human League, Pet Shop Boys, New Order and Bros.