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James Tovey

About James Tovey

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#pboromakefest 2018

Fifth Musician of the #Plastocalypse @#plastigeddon in the #plasticene . See the figure recently made during #pboromakefest 2018, by a gang of small and tall builders; on temporary exhibition in the Peterborough Museum Garden.

Understanding the sculpture is made easier by listening to David Attenboroughs speech to the United Nations:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/dec/03/continuation-of-civilisation-is-in-your-hands-attenborough-tells-world-leaders-video— at Peterborough Museum & Vivacity Heritage.

 — with Milly Tovey at Peterborough Museum & Vivacity Heritage.

Previous Exhibitions –

Contemporary Peterborough

City Gallery, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF

19th July 2018 – 7th September 2018

7th – 20th May 2018

Vivacity Unit, Queensgate Peterborough, PE1 1PU

Plastic
Native
Temple

Plastic is now ubiquitous.
We’re living through the Plasticene. 
You can buy a 2.4m plastic cactus for your hallway; you won’t have to water a real cactus using tap water, that itself now contains plastic micro-particles.

James Tovey artist mermaid and #oceanplastic 2018

Mermaid and oceanplastic 2018

‘The plastic arts’ is a term that had existed long before plastic itself. I have wanted to try and look at the plastic objects I had collected over the last few years as naively as possible, as though life-drawn for the first time by an art student intent on learning through prolonged observation. Not interested in the Neoplastism of the De Stijl movement, instead my initial thoughts were of a metamorphosis and of bringing ancient mythology and plastic ¬- a 20th century invention – together in an uncomfortable way. However I found myself reluctant to go too far down the path of the collision of two plastic objects to transmogrify into a third construct – yet there is a definite modernist basis for some of the elements.

The mermaid painting backdrop idea came from a small toy figure found as sea plastic litter. It is actually the top half part of a small Barbie figurine, but I initially thought it to be Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I researched mermaid art and came across the mermaid of Zennor and was attempting to build a composition around that and some lines from Ovid but the plastic overwhelmed it.

Wood is an obvious counterpoint and natural contrast with which I have felt more at ease. The plastic components are essentially ready-mades although altered by collision with natural processes in the environment and some minor assemblage. Wood is also an ancient, relevant building material. In this installation, the wood forms a sanctuary, a natural structure and the plastic is an imposition on it and in it.

There is no doubt the terrible convenient addiction that societies have developed for plastic eases the struggle against decay in the short term. What now looks to be a permanent error is that plastic is with us for the foreseeable and has been injected into the human food chain. I can imagine a child born being described as a plastic native to perhaps a planet slowly choking at Plastigeddon,

Polystyrene skulls and accumulated plastic 2018

AFTER THE FALL:

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th December 2017,

Castor Village Hall, Peterborough Road, Castor, PE5 7AX.

Open 10am – 10pm FREE ADMISSION

Castor Ales Brewery will be providing a bar for exhibition veiwers refreshment.

Castor Ales Brewery 2017

Castor Ales Brewery 2017. Running off, the liquid is separated from the hops and grain after the mashing and pumped into the brewing tank.

Inktober 2017:

The Inktober drawings gave me the chance to renew my interest in illustration techniques I had learnt at school,  University and work, as well as refreshing my memory of technical ink drawing techniques and the many ways a drawing can be put together in preparation for publication

Crooked

broken arm james tovey

Severely comminuted left distal radius

I heard it bust when it hit the ground and the forearm was obviously out of shape but the skin was intact. I had managed to keep it held it to my chest despite rolling around on the floor swearing. Later the consultant said it looked like a bomb had exploded in my wrist.

James Tovey Artists Peterborough

Expanded polystyrene skull with oceanplastic iroquois James Tovey Artist 2018

See more of my work at:

https://www.saatchiart.com/Tovey

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Recent Exhibitions and Events:

‘Drift’, The Peterborough Open: 29th March 2019 – 26th May, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

Fifth Musician of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Makefest, Peterborough Museum and City Gallery, December 2018.

Four Musicians of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Heritage Festival, June 2018

Contemporary Peterborough Artists July – September 2018 Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery

‘Plastic, Native Temple’, Vivacity Unit Queensgate Peterborough 7th-20th May 2018

‘After the Fall’, ink drawings on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas, 29th & 30th December 2017 Castor Village Hall, Peterborough, UK

The Debris Navigator and other OutsideART: WestRaven Community Garden, August 2017

Yarrow Gallery, Oundle 31st July – 6th August 2017

Artist Day Nene Park July 2017

PAOS 2017 (June 2017)

‘Star Flower’ at the Peterborough Heritage Festival June 2017

Sun Henge at the Green Backyard Peterborough 2016-2017

Peterborough Green Festival 2016 #pectgreenfest

Peterborough Heritage Feastival 2016 2nd/3rd July 2016

PAOS City Gallery Exhibition 2016 24th June – 6th July 2016

Peterborough Open 2016 Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 18th March – 15th June 2016

Undercroft Theatre Serpentine Green, Hampton, Peterborough 11th to 21st Nov 2015

Peterborough Arts Festival 4th – 6th September 2015 Torii 1 series which also featured a sculpture from the Plastic Ocean Column series

Peterborough Heritage Festival 19th-21st June 2015 Mountain 2008 series and Future floodplain Xoanon

 

 

 

 


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