Flatten & Collapse

James Lomax presents a new body of work for his exhibition, Flatten & Collapse. He investigates the physical and material language of the city, highlighting the permanent and ephemeral gestures contained in an urban landscape. Exploiting the interior and exterior of the gallery, he explores the city as site for inspiration, activity and gesture.

Inside the gallery, a cast iron panel, a direct facsimile of the gallery’s existing drain cover, is presented in conversation with a found roofing panel. The roofing panel, which is marked by footprints, makes direct reference to the work on the exterior
of the building, a photograph of Birmingham taken by the artist in 2013 is obscured behind a smoked Perspex sheet within a found noticeboard. Framing the city through painting and image, the displaced, mundane and impenetrable materials reflect and reconstruct its moving parts and nuances.

Detail from 2013

2013

2022
Photograph, smoked Perspex and found noticeboard
33 x 45 cm

Installation view

Flatten & Collapse

2022
Cast iron 69 x 69 cm

2022

2022
Found fibreglass roofing panel 110 x 153 cm