james capper: creatures with mechanical claws
may 06, 2013
james capper: creatures with mechanical claws


james capper
nipper long reach, 2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
130 x 32 x 80 cm (base: 130 x 40 x 100 cm)
image courtesy of hannah barry gallery

 

 

 

 

james capper creates large sculptural works which take on forms that resemble industrial tools and machinery, from hydraulic pumps,
tractor blades to cutting claws and spindles of a milling machine. his purpose? to generate new functions for already familiar objects–
in this case the mechanical apparatuses are paired with large blocks of plaster which the british artist ‘attacks’ with his conceived devices,
considering them much like ‘drawing machines’ which he uses to carve and make markings on the white chunks of material.
here, the performative aspect of the work becomes just as important as the tools themselves.

 

 


james capper
cropper, 2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
90 x 32 x 50 cm
image courtesy of hannah barry gallery

 


james capper
twin miller, 2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
100 x 30 x 40 cm
image courtesy of hannah barry gallery


james capper
single miller, 2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
130 x 26 x 38 cm
image courtesy of hannah barry gallery

 

 


james capper
cone cutter, 2012
2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
60 x 36 x 36 cm
image courtesy of hannah barry gallery

 

 


james capper
hydra scoop, 2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
30 x 110 x 38 cm
image courtesy of hannah barry gallery

 

 


james capper
nipper long reach, 2012
painted steel, hydraulics, plaster
130 x 32 x 80 cm (base: 130 x 40 x 100 cm)
image courtesy of saatchi gallery

 

 


james capper’s presentation at the 2013 armory show
video courtesy of jason das

 

 

 

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