James Harper is an artist, curator and writer based in Liverpool. His work, often using curatorial devices, makes comparisons between the social, congregational nature of the art gallery and that of social clubs and places of worship.
Furthermore, through video, sculpture and performance, James’ practice draws on how audiences interact and engage with art works and with the gallery, its structures and its mechanisms. James uses performative actions and staged interventions to engage the audience, often elevating them to the role of performer.
A former director of The Royal Standard, James’ practice leans heavily on curatorial frameworks. As well as working on his own projects, he co-directs the artist development agency Tzuzjj and is curator of PERICLO project space in Wrexham.
James graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2012 with a Masters in Curating.
Selected recent exhibitions include: Auto Agents, Bluecoat, Liverpool; Freeform Audio Stream, White Wizard, Liverpool/Online; Company, Summerhall, Edinburgh; Early Warning, &Model, Leeds; The Royal Standard, Temple du Gout, Nantes (all 2016); Cascading Relevant Information, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2015)
James also sporadically writes for publications such as Corridor8, The Skinny and CCQ Magazine.