Monday, November 8, 2010

MTV + 55dsl Ident and T-shirt

"MTV Networks International (MTVNI) and leading streetwear label 55DSL announced today the launch of their first-ever creative collaboration, set to culminate in five brand new MTV on-air idents and six bespoke t-shirt designs.

Due to launch across MTV’s international network of 63 channels from 8 November 2010, the idents constitute the third phase of MTV’s POP x 1000% international refresh, first rolled-out in July 2009, and progress from expressing human emotions to exploring the senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste – with the added twist of 55DSL’s intriguing 5.5th sense, the less-explored human sense of intuition, featured on the sixth t-shirt.

In identifying the cream of design talent from across the world, MTV and 55DSL have engaged the talents of international artists Alex Trochut (touch), Ilovedust (sight), James Roper (hearing), Tei (smell), Yué Wu (taste), and Zeloot (intuition), to each create a t-shirt design inspired by one of the human senses. Each of the t-shirts features a unique graphic and has been created using an innovative method chosen by its designer to represent the sense in their own individual, tongue-in-cheek way.

Taking the creative process one step further, each artist was paired with a motion design studio – selected from some of the world’s most innovative and cutting edge studios – including Universal Everything, Physalia and Digital District, to turn the original artworks into five unique 30-second short films, each informed by one of the senses. The result is a truly international collection, reflecting the commitment of both MTV and 55DSL to innovation, creation and imagination across all media platforms."

The 55DSL x MTV 5.5 Senses collection will be available from 55DSL stores and selected retailers worldwide from mid December.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

SugiPOP! at Portsmouth Museum of Art

The Portsmouth Museum of Art and LeBasse Projects present:

‘SugiPOP!: The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art’

October 13th 2010 – January 16th 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 14th 2010

SugiPOP!: The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art’ opens on October 13th at the Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH, USA. The show is a collaborative effort, co-curated by Beau Basse of LeBasse Projects in Los Angeles and Katherine Doyle of the Portsmouth Museum of Art. It features the work of approximately 30 artists tracing the originations of manga, the rise of Japanese Contemporary Art and into how the art forms have influenced artists around the world.

Sugi, the Japanese word for ‘too much,’ represents the extreme characteristics of Japanese manga and anime, which have merged with the American phenomenon of Pop, to become SugiPOP - a blend of Japanese and American contemporary art shaped and defined by over-the-top pop.

The exhibition features an international roster of artists including Japanese masters Hokusai and Kuniyoshi in a display of original Edo period woodblock prints. The exhibit also features Japanese Contemporary artists Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Yoshitaka Amano, Mr., Ai Yamaguchi, Junko Mizuno and Hisashi Tenmyouya. International artists contributing to the exhibit include KAWS, Gary Baseman, Simone Legno, Natalia Fabia, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Yumiko Kayukawa, Seonna Hong, Hush, Morgan Slade, Edwin Ushiro, Luke Chueh, Andrew Hem, Mike Shinoda, SharkToof, Yoskay Yamamoto and more. Finally the exhibition includes original cels from some of the most significant anime films ever made, including Cowboy Bebop and Princess Mononoke.

The Portsmouth Museum of Art is located at One Harbour Place in downtown Portsmouth. Admission is free. Hours of operation for the Portsmouth Museum of Art are Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00-5:00, Fridays until 8:00; it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Guided group tours are available by appointment by contacting the museum at 603-436-0332 or by email at

Monday, September 27, 2010

SUPERUNKNOWN at Edel Assanti

Curated by Andy Wicks & David Northedge

David Small, Ed Payne, Gordon Cheung, Graham McNamara, James Roper, Matthew Atkinson, Michael Ashcroft, Rob Sherwood, Rosalie Wiesner, Sayshun Jay.

Private View
Wednesday 6th October 7 - 9pm

Exhibition Dates
Thursday 7th October - Saturday 13th November

Gallery Hours
Wednesday - Saturday 12pm - 6pm or by appointment

Address - Edel Assanti, 276 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1BB

Edel Assanti is proud to present Superunknown, an exhibition curated by Andy Wicks and David Northedge.

Literature and Hollywood have long been creating dark and empty visions of near future societies in decline. In the present day, materials addressing this subject matter have once again found their way onto reading lists and cinema screens, forming a focal point for contemporary popular culture.

Projections of our universal future are often delivered in cautionary tones and serve as warning of how to avoid the total decimation of society. Notional futures of grim decaying interiors and bleak grey landscapes populated by savage inhabitants are the cultural benchmark for a morbid moribund world limping towards apocalypse.

Superunknown is a group show of twelve artists who produce work that addresses a future full of dreams, illusions and fantasies, celebrating the neglected virtues of the glossy, lurid and bizarre. The combined works on show articulate a hallucinatory collective vision of a future in which illicit vices serve as the connective tissues for a population wheeling recklessly onwards with a stoic apathy toward redemption and self-preservation.

This group show is formed predominately of painters whose work share a common aesthetic of semi abstraction and contemporary landscape. The exhibition also features photography, video, sculpture and installation based works.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

‎'Outside' shortlisted for the Vimeo awards

'Outside' has been shortlisted in the Top 20 Experimental category of the Vimeo awards 2010.

"After reviewing over 6500 submissions from thousands of artists and filmmakers across 80 countries, we have selected the top 20 from each category that the Vimeo Awards judges are now reviewing.

The Top 5 Finalists for each category will be announced September 21st and winners will be honored at the Vimeo Awards Show on October 9th."

Sunday, September 5, 2010

CHAOSMOS II at View Two Gallery

CHAOSMOS II Contemporary Art Exhibition Programme

Chaosmos is an arts initiative that aims to research and develop the production of an array of mixed media artwork, animations, video and live art. It is curated by Chris Boyd, the Lead Artist, and platforms a collection of international and renowned art in a unique exhibition that investigates turbulent visual planes within the conceptual framework of Chaosmos (a Joycean coinage).

The exhibition attempts to map meta-physical states, track intermittent interference whilst revealing a preoccupation with the creative process, pictorial puzzles and the integration of traditional artist techniques with current post production methods.

Curator: Chris Boyd (Lead Artist)

Artists: Chris Boyd; Megan Chapman; Gordon Cheung; Peter Eramian; C. James Fagan; Steven Heaton; Maggie Lambert; Lady Lillith Leveigh; Zan Lyons; Ashleigh Nankivell; David Ogle; Jonas Pihl; James Roper; Masahiro Tomioka; Jane Ward; Boris Zakic and others.

Writers: Peter Eramian; Penny Goring; Kenji Siratori; Sam Skinner; Suzie Saw and others.

Chaosmos 2010 (Independents Liverpool Biennial 2010):

View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK.


Gallery open times: Thursday – Friday 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Saturday 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

Viewing can be arranged by appointment for Sunday – Wednesday by contacting the Curator.

Exhibition: Tuesday 07 September 2010 – Saturday 02 October 2010

Private View:

Tuesday 07 September 2010, 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm.

VJ Performances / Screenings: (TBC)

Thursday 09 September 2010, 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm.

Thursday 16 September 2010, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm.

Friday 17 September 2010, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm.

Artist Talks (in association with Culture Pool):

Saturday 18 September 2010, 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm.


Chris Boyd (Curator / Lead Artist)


Mobile: +44(0)77 919 52 113





Wednesday, August 11, 2010

'Outside' available to watch online

In 2008 I co-wrote a short film with Thomas Wightman and Rob Bailey which went on to receive funding from Northwest Vision and Media's Virgin Shorts 2008 competition. 'Outside' was shot over four consecutive days in locations around the North of England on a budget of £2,500. The short was directed by Wightman with production design by myself and Bailey.

'Outside' explores ideas about how advancement in technology has effected the way we communicate and how as a result it may impact our environment. It is now available to watch online:

Summer Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery

Summer Group Exhibition

August to 2nd September, 2010

Private view: Saturday 14th August, 6-9pm

Joshua Liner Gallery
548 W. 28th Street
3rd Floor
New York NY 10001

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

'Outside' screening at MIS in São Paulo

'Outside' will be showing as part of the NOVA art event in São Paulo, Brazil at MIS on Saturday July 31st at 18.30

MIS Museu da Imagem e do Som
Avenida Europa, 158, Jardim Europa
01449-000 São Paulo, SP Brasil.
+55 11 2117 4777

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

'Paroxysm' (solo show) at ®artspace Barcelona

Paroxysm (solo show): 18.05.2010 - 17.06.2010

®artspace Barcelona
Carrer Girona 61 Local 02,
Eixample. 08009 Barcelona. Spain.
+34 934 673 598

"By constructing abstract bodies formed from multiple elements these works mimic the complex bodily structures found within nature. Biological machines such as the human body process and retain energy and any processes placed under restraint will result in an intensification of it's eventual release. The work attempts to portray this intermediate state as control gives way to chaotic abandon and a transition occurs from one state to the next. Roper is heavily influenced by the excessive and sensuously rich imagery of Baroque art and it's depiction of the unfettering of religious restraint. Instead of the gentle ushering of the spirit towards the heavens his paintings spit, ejaculate, regurgitate and projectile vomit the spirit out, rejecting it's bodily form in a fit of maniacal hysterics, a nonsensical reflexive outburst like the spasmodic speaking in tongues of those 'slain in the spirit'."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fovea centralis

Searching for images across the Internet is an integral part of my work. As a result I have seen thousands upon thousands of images. I will be using my new blog 'Fovea centralis' to share with you the library of images I have collected over the years.

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Hypermass prints

'Inhibitor' and 'Standpoint Conversion' are now available as prints at:

Gallery-quality giclée prints on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Limited edition of 100.

Inhibitor email.jpg

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Standpoint Conversion

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


In February 2009 'Outside' was shot, a short film I had co-written and worked on the production design for, and after a long period of post-production is now complete. The short will recieve it's first screening at Cannes Film Festival 2010. I will update soon about further screenings and website launch.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Caged Bird Sings

Caged Bird Sings (group show): 15th - 20th April

Crypt Gallery
Saint Pancras Church
Euston Road

Bare/not Projects present Caged Bird Sings, an exhibition in the atmospheric Crypt Gallery in St Pancras.

We have fifteen artists participating: James Roper, Klarita Pandolfi, Dorothy Yoon, Jo Young, Paul Dawes, Daisy McMullan, Luigi Menichelli, Taciana Coimbra, Antonio Pagani, Tom Lovelace, Reme Campos, Brixton Punk (Andrew Graves Johnston), Stella O and Kika Nicolela

Our opening night is on 15th April, there will be free drinks and a DJ in the Crypt.

For more info visit:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

'Mirabilia' at ®artspace Milano

Mirabilia (group show): 11th March - 11th April 2010

®artspace Milano

Via Tortona 17-19. 20144
Milano, Italy
+ 39 02 894 230 87

"To celebrate its second anniversary, ROJO®artspace Milano presents a group exhibition emblematically titled "Mirabilia". It brings togheter over 50 artists for a transversal overview of international contemporary creativity through painting, graphics, illustration, photography, sculpture, video, installation and visual poetry."