Gazelli Art House
39 Dover Street
7 June to 16 July 2018
Private view 6th June
James is best known for his Lee Bowery-esque series entitled Wotsit all About, where he covered himself in layers of lurid cream cheese frosting, biscuits and £4k worth of sweets to try and purge himself of sugar cravings.
For his latest work, he flew into Lagos. The flight attendant warned him to get the next plane to the UK if a driver wasn’t there to meet him (“Crew only travel with armed guards!”. He arrived and nobody was there to greet him. He freaked, visions of being kidnapped running through his head – even Paul and Linda McCartney were held in Lagos at gunpoint! Not even a Beatle could avoid capture! He had a hissy fit – then ended-up getting a taxi. He wasn’t kidnapped, nobody pulled out a gun on him and he explored Lagos in freedom and found a flip flop washed-up on the beach. He found more and employed people to collect them. Wanting more and more, he began to see himself as a privileged westerner – was he, white male and archetype – part of the problem – and is this what’s basically wrong with society at large?