James Cauty

James Cauty’s roguish and voluble approach has earned him a cult following for work that remains radical, responsive and darkly comical. He produces work that draws on and responds to contemporary culture, very often sampling it and sending/selling it back as recoded realities. In billboard and stamp projects Mickey Mouse was sent to Iraq in ‘Operation Magic Kingdom’ whilst Julie Andrews danced across vast rubbish heaps, crushed cars were sold to second hand car dealers as art and riots have been rendered as tiny models in jam jars.

He rose to fame in 1989 when he formed the KLF with Bill Drummond, and following a string of number one hits they continued their collaboration with the K Foundation that orchestrated a series of high profile art ‘actions’ – describing these actions as a “brit award buried at Stonehenge, bad crop circles and a wicker man” and “a major body of cash and a box of matches”. In 1994 they burnt 1 million quid.

This was followed by similarly bizarre activities with ‘K2 Plant Hire Ltd’ and in 1997 ‘Advanced Acoustic Armaments’ (“home made sonic weapons and a dead cow”).

In 2002 he started to produce the contentious ‘Stamps of Mass Destruction’ with Blacksmoke – an imagined art collective, and pursued the art of philately with a new imagined collective the C.N.P.D. (Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice) 2004-2008.

His most recent work has been focussed on the making of 1:87 riotous scale models as small world re-enactments, often displayed in upturned jam jars as A Riot in A Jam Jar. His new exhibition The Aftermath Dislocation Principle continues this preoccupation with small world re-enactments as a vast 1:87 scale-model landscape (equivalent to 1 sq mile in miniature) which has been desolated, deserted, destroyed, burnt and is devoid of life apart from 5000 or so model police that attend this apocalyptic aftermath; a kind of bizarre twisted model village experience, where Cauty continues his fascination with subversion, consumerism and entertainment through creative exploration and dark humour.

In 2016 James Cauty organizes the Aftermath Dislocation Principle tour – a pilgrimage to over 36 historic riot sites – around the country with three shipping containers, containing 1:87 scale models showing vast post-apocalyptic landscapes and which travel through the country independently. From the extreme to the mundane to the populist and elitist, the exhibition sites ranging from muddy fields and small community centres to major national art galleries. This tour, known as the ADP Riot Tour, ends on Christmas Day, 2016 in Bedford, at the Panacea Museum, with all three containers being sited together for the first time ever in the former Panacea Society’s ‘Garden of Eden’.

Description

Industrial Scale Jam Jars

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James Cauty
UKIP HQ ADP Bedfordshire (2016), unique piece
€ 5.050,-

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James Cauty
The 264 to Bedford Cancelled (2016), unique piece
€ 5.050,-

 

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James Cauty
Boy in a pylon (2015), unique piece
€ 5.050,-

Riot in A Jam Jars on aluminium project boxes

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James Cauty
Allo Allo Allo (niet gedateerd), ed. 5
€ 2.000,-

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James Cauty
Tax Cheat: Judge and Jury (niet gedateerd), ed. 5
€ 2.000,-

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James Cauty
My Dad Says the Dialectic of Revolution means that You’re a Cunt and the Washing Machine is Ours (niet gedateerd), ed. 2
€ 1.500,-

ADP Jam Jar Editions 2013

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James Cauty
 THE RIGHT OF MIGHT: One Strike and You’re Out! (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
BANKER SCUM: Don’t Fuck with Us You Cunt… Give Us a Mortgage or You Swing! (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
CONTAGION ZONE: Ginger AND German! (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS: Yo Pig! You Killed Our Pup You Fat Fuck! (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
PLEAS SIR … My Dad Says, that according to the Dialectics of Revolution, I’m Innocent and You’re a Cunt? (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
CRIME at ZERO PERCENT (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
WMD THREAD: What Fucking Stockpile? (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
THE AFTERMATH DISLOCATION PRINCIPLE: Do Plastic Policemen Dream of Model Railways? (2013), ed. 10
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
This Will Defenitily Hurt a Lot (2013)
€ 450,-

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James Cauty
Woman and Children first (2013)
€ 450,-

Jam Jars – regular

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James Cauty
Bio Hazard at the Edge (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James Cauty
The charge of the Shite Brigade (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James Cauty
Follow That Star (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James Cauty
Cops piss and graffity: where do we go from here? (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James cauty
Reading the Riot Act (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James cauty
Bonfire of the constables (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James Cauty
StarMan or… Fuck off Bowie (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James Cauty
It’s OK son. We’re all fucked (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

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James Cauty
Well mine’s This Big you little shit (2016), ed. 10
€ 650,-

2016 Editions

 

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James Cauty
SNOWY?… NO, NOT SEEN HIM TODAY (2016), ed. 20
€ 300,-