Born 1970, Perth, Western Australia. Lives and works New York, United States.
James Angus’ practice draws on natural and built forms to investigate how sculpture can mediate our perception and experience of the physical world. Angus collaborates with industrial designers and 3D computer engineers in the construction of his sculptures, which are made from materials ranging from fibreglass to steel. His recent work pursues his interest in formal engineering structures and materials like steel beams and piping. Distorted and warped to belie their structural integrity and purpose, his twisted girders and bloated pipes make us consider not only the history and aesthetics of sculpture but also of our built environment and urban fabric.
Angus’ solo exhibitions include John Deere Model D, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (2013); James Angus, Triple V, Paris (2012); James Angus, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2010); and James Angus (touring), MCA, Sydney, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2006–07). Selected group exhibitions include Re-Corbusier, Maison La Roche, Villa Jeanneret, Paris (2015); You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Lightness of Being, City Hall Park, New York (2013); Your Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2012); Out of the West: Art of Western Australia from the National Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2011); Cubism, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2009); and To Make a Work of Timeless Art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions, MCA, Sydney (2008). Angus’ work was selected for the Biennale of Sydney in 2002, 2008 and 2014 and has been exhibited in galleries and biennales in New York, Paris, South Korea and Sydney.
Angus has completed a number of public sculpture commissions, including Day in Day Out, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney (2011) and Grow Your Own, Forrest Place, Perth (2011). His work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.