Jamie Fitzpatrick’s practice deals with the rhetoric of image making, the relevance of the figure and how objects and totemic gestures such as flags, statues or plinths are used within the work to impose forms of power and control. The sculptures are influenced by Riche’s ideas on power-infatuation, cultural conditioning and sexual suppression, the works are built from fragments of cast statues, foam and coloured wax and imply some transgressive act.
Fitzpatrick’s solo booth for ARTISSIMA, centres on the iconic fountain. Two new fountain sculptures have running water pour through the wax into buckets and back in through a rudimentary pump system. By employing the motifs of figurative art, patriarchal depictions of masculinity and nationhood, Fitzpatrick’s domineering sculptures express intention of undermining them, rendering them absurd and dumb.
Frieze Magazine described Fitzpatrick’s aesthetic “a mash-up of Paul McCarthy and Phyllida Barlow,” and indeed, his sculptures are dynamic and bold. Fitzpatrick brings play and nuance to the motifs of authority and prestige creating works (and worlds) that question positionally and hierarchical constructs, remaking and resurfacing narrative objects, his works place the viewer in an ever-shifting position between subordination and empowerment.
Dialogue is a section of the fair reserved for emerging galleries with an experimental approach