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Sydney, New South Wales | James Mathurin | james.mathurin@gmail.com

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Different Worlds - Mechanicals, Refugees and more

When I was a child, I never really saw the appeal of shows and stories set in the real world. There were so many worlds that could be, could have been, or could come to be, that it seemed strange to limit yourself to this one. Now that I’m creating my own stories, I can jump between as many worlds as I can think of (well, as long as I can draw them. A world made purely out of smell would be challenging to get on paper). It wasn't until I put on ‘Different Worlds’, my 2017 show with Girija Kulkarni, that I realised that my experiments with different styles and subject matter had been creating all of these parallel worlds.

Using a combination of traditional pencil, pen and ink, photography, and digital techniques, you can move through alternate pasts and presents. In the past, the art world responds to having intelligent machines living alongside us in the 19th and early 20th Century; In one present, strange creatures and robots confront heroic figures in the middle of our cities, while in another, refugees from other dimensions live, work, and play alongside us.

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A world emerged where, since the Victorian era, mankind has lived alongside intelligent, robotic creatures, known as 'The Mechanicals’.

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A follow-up to The Mechanicals for my 2019 Multi-Dimensional Urban Spaces exhibition, this series features robotic breakdancers, pictured alongside Sydney street art.

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Refugees from other dimensions are arriving on Earth, learning how to live, work and play alongside humanity.

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Street art photos and illustrations, showing a world where strange creatures are appearing from portals, and metahuman protectors have to deal with them.