‘Art isn’t an aesthetic operation, it’s a form of magic designed to be a mediator between this strange, hostile world and as a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.’
This year at Brighton Tattoo Convention, we are delighted to reveal that Jim Sanders Totem Exhibition will be with us.
Sanders’ work has a great affinity with Primitive, Outsider, and non Western Art, by employing contemporary art methodologies, referencing a vast range of visual languages, and anthropological connections, he pulls the past into the present.
Making comparisons between disparate social interactions across time in order to find and frame the essential questions of existence.
He uses basic natural materials, discarded objects, a plethora of kitsch reliquaries and transforms them, restoring them to a strangely potent state of being. The resulting articulated sculptural objects are monumental, often taking the form of altars or shrines. His work is often ritualistic, but at the same time, anarchic, non-conformist, disputing the religious readings of his iconic contents.
Jim Sanders’ totemic figures where originally exhibited at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton in 2007 as a group of 20. Since then they have appeared in various exhibitions.
The ornate and decorative elements are inspired by altar pieces, votive offerings and shrines- aspects of a European Christianity fused with its various permutations found in South America and Mexico. They have an affinity to Outsider Art and also to Oceanic, Native American and African sculpture, sharing their common concern with the universal experiences of birth, love, sex, reproduction and death.
This exhibition truly is a must see, prepare to be amazed.