“The intention of the work is to acknowledge that while the market exists as one thing – a place to obtain goods and services, it also exists as a cultural space in its own right .”
James will be capturing this cultural ‘by product’, by creating drawings and paintings on upcycled materials from the market itself. Think broken down cardboard boxes from a fruit and veg stall, salvaged paper from the butcher, or used milk cartons from a cafe.
Each morning at the Market, James will take photos of people interacting with the Market space, then turn them into art in his pop-up studio in the SO:ME Space, slowly creating an exhibition of work in the space.
About the Artist
James Price is an internationally acclaimed artist and maker. He uses the term ‘maker’ as its lot easier than listing himself as an illustrator, designer, photographer, animation director, painter, art director, live action director, documentarian, poet, writer and storyteller. James has won lots of awards all over the world for his works. His drawings, films, writing, paintings, installations and photography mix elements of Folk art and contemporary Abstraction to help connect the dots between our history, our identity and our inner ‘primal’ self.
In 2017 James completed a prestigious commission from Transport NSW to create an animated film created for a 23m x 3 m screen in Sydney’s Wynyard Station. The film re-imagined vintage mugshots from the Sydney Living Museums collection to ask questions about the way Australian culture idolises elements of it’s criminal past. Consisting of over 2,500 drawings made with pencil and paper the film remixes history and cultural ideology for 30,000 people a day.
Whether telling his own story or helping other people tell theirs he strongly believes that communication works best when it comes directly from the imperfect heart of its creators.
Following stints living and traveling all over the globe – including a decade working from his own highly successful studio in New York, James currently resides in Melbourne. He considers himself a citizen of the world (which is rubbish, because both his passport and his accent say he’s Australian).
Supported by the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund