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James Jarvis “No More Negative Space” Solo Show @ HHH Gallery in Tokyo

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London-born artist James Jarvis is having a solo show with HHH gallery in Tokyo. This new gallery was co-founded by Japanese artists Haroshi and Usugrow, and few other locals engaged in creative activities such as book-making, event planning, music-making and film making. After their inaugural special exhibition showing large Haroshi sculpture, “No More Negative Space” is their first official show.
The artist whose most famous character toy, Martin, has an iconic status in Japan, prepared a series of new drawings exclusively for this event. For the artist himself, drawings are “means of understanding the world rather than as an aesthetic construction for transcribing or recording an image”. In his drawings he is “trying to draw a character that has no ‘character’. A thing, an animate object, that is as generic, as unrepresentative of anything as possible.” Covering personal problems, everyday situation, philosophical questions as well as personal interests such as skateboarding, “No More Negative Space” includes series of works through which he is trying to understand the world, and the everyday phenomenons in it. The show is opening on April 25th and will be staying on view until May 31st, with an opening reception and live painting scheduled on April 26th.

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James Jarvis at Beach

James Jarvis returns to Beach London for a second solo exhibition ‘Objects in Space’ which consists of a series of large-format, freehand airbrush drawings by the London-based artist.

“The drawings all feature the Sphere, an abstracted, archetypal every-character, engaging with large geometric objects in a series of real-life urban environments. These locations are a selection of ‘spots’ made famous through skateboarding, and the character’s struggle to manipulate these objects mirrors the skateboarder’s re-appropriation and re-interpretation of architectural space. In recent years, the Sphere has been a primary focal point in Jarvis’ work; a distillation of his continued interest
in the creation and refinement of a minimal ‘ideal’ for a cartoon character; most significantly in his 2012 project, Spheric Dialogues, a series of 380 cartoons in which the Sphere responds to a series of philosophical conundrums.”

There will be an opening party on the 6th June, from 6-9pm. The exhibition will also see the re-launch of the refurbished Beach London space, prior to its second anniversary.

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