About

James Critchlow (b.2001) is an artist oscillating between photography, sculpture, and computation. He explores the place of the photograph in a technologically advancing world; questioning its changing role and purpose.

The photographic image is becoming increasingly diluted within an overload of visual information. In response to this superabundance of imagery, for Critchlow the photograph becomes a material to be manipulated digitally and physically; it is data, a component, and a starting point.

Addressing the multiplicity and prevalence of the photograph in digital culture, Critchlow’s work is constructed using photographs appropriated from various corners of the internet. His source material is found anywhere from digital archives to stock photography sites and eBay listings. Fragments of these images are collaged together, creating a layered map in which parts unseen hold as much significance as elements revealed.

A central theme of Critchlow’s work is the act of deconstructing and reconstructing. The image undergoes multiple transformations, spanning from the manipulation of algorithmic systems to the physical intervention of the printed image. Through a focus on the increasingly blurred boundaries between the digital and the physical, his work asks questions of representation, hyper-digitalisation, and meaning within a virtual world. Ultimately, Critchlow's work is the playful exploration of the dramatically changing perception of reality.