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Alien Invader Super Baby (Synchromaterialism IV)

Radical aesthetics #1 - Jim Ricks

Onomatopee 120.1

In a setting somewhere between a market stall and a museum display, Jim Ricks pairs up found, bought, borrowed and ‘knocked-off’ objects, and advances a synchronicity based on politics, aesthetics, history, and philosophy.

We live our lives amidst a multitude of images and narratives: experience and economy are the twin-engine of our culture. But what kind of stories do these images convey: what do they introduce and what do they contribute? Is retro a foxy do or a fusty don’t? Is local a wayward hot… or a backward not…? It would be a interesting idea to check this out and perhaps use it to our advantage.

Through suggested and captured weavings of object-scenarios Jim Ricks extracts symbolic bits and pieces of history and everyday life, destined to be re-worked, splintered and re-imagined. New narratives arise in which the economic globalisation of goods crosses paths with the rapid and ephemeral circulation of cultures and icons. Placed in a context of display, viewers are invited to devise their own connections between the objects on display: to play the cultural clash of the local and the global, the individual and the collective, and investigate new relations through identification.

Starting from a (possibly faulty) position as an American expat presently residing in Dublin, he has developed a sensitivity to the geographic import and export of images and narratives. By revaluing the popular and re-defining its elements, Jim Ricks endeavours to address our cultural knowledge with us. As admirers of his visual scrutiny Onomatopee invited Ricks to Eindhoven to share his insights with us. During an initial exploration of the city, Ricks has made inquiries into meaningful objects to engage our identification.

In conjunction with the resultant narrative of spatial objects, Onomatopee presents various other visual stories: a short film that shows Jim ruminating on visual culture with critic Max Bruinsma, as well as some other background information that we hope will be useful for those keen to put their views on their own visual culture to the test. By interrogating our experience of the visual culture we surround ourselves with, we might grasp the option to participate in an era of cultural populism. Hail to the populus!*


*In her book Pop or Populus Bettina Funcke defines populus as ‘…the totality of citizens of a state as a unified political body–as well as the lower classes of the poor, the dispossessed, the excluded, those not included in the conversation’.


Opening Saturday May 2nd, 15:00

May 3rd - May 23rd
Open Thursday & Friday 17:00- 21:00 and Saturday & Sunday 13:00 - 17:00
and by appointment


Onomatopee 120.1, Jim Ricks, 2018

Alien Invader Super Baby - Synchromaterialism (VI)

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One thing will always lead to another.

Artist Jim Ricks’s synchronic sequence of images or objects rests on opportunities to visually connect politics and/or aesthetics and/or history and/or philosophy from one to another. As formal quest, this fundamental empirical and practice-based research within the ranges of our visual culture, conceptually triggers actual cultural migration and identification.

In his ‘Synchromaterialist’ series, Ricks visually reveals the inevitability of migration and of the inherent viral state of nature, and the nature of existence – what is inherently human – through the perception and reorganization of the everyday.

He takes over the book format – following on from the the exhibition methodology –to drop the unexpected organics of the Synchromaterialistic. This book reaches and branches out to be all forms a book can be. It includes a number of collaborations, and footnotes as inserts and explorations in print – sticker, newspaper, leaflet, cook book, coloring, bookmark, and a book within the book with a text by art and design critic Max Bruinsma, describing the Synchromaterialist approach.

What goes around comes around.

Producer, curator and editor: Freek Lomme
Graphic design: Gabriela Baka
Featuring contributions by: Max Bruinsma, Freek Lomme, Abdel-ilah Salhi, Jason Mills
Made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fund and the municipality of Eindhoven

215 x 153 mm / 8,5 x 6 inch portrait
Jim Ricks, Freek Lomme, Gabriela Baka
Max Bruinsma, Freek Lomme, Abdel-ilah Salhi, Jason Mills
Gabriela Baka
threat-sewn and glued
full color, over 200 full page images
lenticular A6 on cover, various inserts.
Harvey Herman
Freek Lomme
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