Artwork of the Week – James Cummins


Liverpool artwork of the week 23 – ‘Carbon Footprint’ by James Cummins – ‘Between the Lines’ at View Two until 12 July 2008

James Cummins was born in Portland Gardens in the Scotland Road area of Liverpool and has studied painting in Spain, Italy, India and Bali. He currently lives and works as an independent artist in Berlin.

This first major exhibition of James’ work in Liverpool includes new paintings, sculpture and installations, forming a poignant homecoming for the artist.

“I feel a great pride in being able to show my work in Liverpool in 2008. I hope to be able to enter into dialogues about art and its relevance in today’s global village with our national and international guests and to try to contribute something to Liverpool’s growing reputation as a city of culture.” JC

Their inscribed, scarred, gouged surfaces, their unreadable graffiti and illegible signs, their indecipherable cuneiform and calligraphy, the ropes and sheets, the ragged canvas, the scratched wounded forms all attest to vanished presences, lost dreams and unrealised hopes. And then, rather than positing that oblivion is a destination that art of all things can defer, he incorporates times effects into his work, time as an unavoidable fact. We know that something has happened, passed over, but not what. Knowing that time cannot be overcome, he makes works that endures, registers and acknowledges time`s passing. His work is about remembering, because that which is forgotten is lost and perhaps irretrievable.

Peter Richardson- Art historian