2019 Verbier Art Summit and AERO CAB
James Capper : AERO CAB test runs
Saturday: 2nd February 1:00 – 2 pm
Verbier 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park
As part of the 2019 Verbier Art Summit, the Verbier 3-D Foundation would like to invite you to experience an afternoon of experimental sculptural demonstrations (test runs) of AERO CAB – the latest work by British artist James Capper.
Developed during his 2018 artist residency with the Verbier 3-D Foundation, AERO CAB creates a modern platform for viewers to consider the role of the engineer in relation to creating solutions in fragile natural environments in places such as Verbier.
Capper’s sculptural machines have specific, functional uses, but the tangible impact they have on the environment also engages with essential questions concerning the relationship between the natural world, art and technology. The application of hydraulic engineering ensures each work has the capability of land marking or sculpting when operated, however the experimentation and refinement deployed transcends componentry and purpose, rendering them as works of art.
This all comes together when Capper operates his creations in person, as the testing of his work is a crucial part of the artist’s practice – the outcome never specifically predetermined. Once the behaviour of AERO CAB is identified during these test runs, Capper will continue to develop the work through the medium of film.
We will meet at the Medran lift station in Verbier at 1.00pm before heading up to the Verbier 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park at an altitude of 2,300 meters.
Following his studies at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, James Capper’s work has been widely exhibited around the world in museums, not for profit institutions and galleries.
Notable solo presentations of his work include RIPPER TEETH IN ACTION at Modern Art Oxford (2011), DIVISIONS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), SIX STEP at Rio dell’Orso with Alma Zevi for the Venice Biennale (2015), PROTOTYPES at CGP London (2016), ATLAS A SPOLETO! / TELESTEP A SPOLETO! , Anna Mahler Association project for the Mahler & LeWitt Studios & Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy (2016), SCULPTURE & HYDRAULICS at The Edge Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Bath (2017).
The youngest ever artist to be awarded the prestigious Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, his work is the subject of critical debate and dialogue about positions in sculpture in the 21st Century and continues to challenge varied audiences everywhere it is shown.
He lives and works in Bermondsey, South London and has exhibitions forthcoming this year in Oaxaca, Mexico and currently has work on display at this year’s Frieze Sculpture in London.
Verbier Art Summit:
The Verbier Art Summit is an interdisciplinary platform for innovation and change in the art world. The 2019 Summit brings together international, leading thinkers for a long weekend to explore the political power of art. The 2019 theme and invited speakers are curated by acclaimed museum director Jochen Volz, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil: WE ARE MANY. ART, THE POLITICAL AND MULTIPLE TRUTHS.
The Summit talks programme takes place at 14.30-19.00 on 1-2 February 2019 at the W Hotel in Verbier, Switzerland.
Jochen Volz has invited speakers to contribute to the 2019 Summit programme based on their critical thinking and close connection with the theme. Among the confirmed speakers are artists Tania Bruguera, Latifa Echakhch, Grada Kilomba, Ernesto Neto, Naine Terena and Rirkrit Tiravanija; curator Gabi Ngcobo; Professor of Sociology Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Professor of Neurophysiology Dr. Wolf Singer; and Tate director Dr. Maria Balshaw CBE.
Free registration via verbierartsummit.org