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Local artist debuts new Harbour Arts Centre exhibition

Local artist Jamie Cooper opened his new solo show GOD FEEL! at the Harbour Arts Centre this week.

Artist Jamie Cooper with Marie Blackwood, Arts & Cultural Officer, North Ayrshire Council.

Running from Friday 17 January, until Thursday, 27 February, the Newmilns artist returns to the Harbour Arts Centre with his new exhibition after a nine-year hiatus.

Debuting his new collection of sculptural art objects, the exhibition was officially opened by Jamie this week at a HAC preview event.

Working across a variety of mediums, the artist’s new exhibition creates an immersive space using artificial lighting, infinity mirrors and uncanny art objects which resemble cultural artefacts to provide his audience with an alternate, art version of the future.

A Glasgow School of Art graduate, Jamie is a successful self-employed artist and architectural technician with a unique artistic aesthetic, working across architecture, sculpture and video.

After a great turnout on Thursday evening at the exhibition launch, Jamie shared his excitement to debut at the Harbour Arts Centre.

He said: “After several years in the making, I’m excited to debut GOD FEEL! especially in Irvine as the harbourside and the Ayrshire coast is where I spent a lot of my childhood, after moving from Manchester to Pennyburn as a child.

“I work across a variety of mediums to create immersive, and sometimes alien environments that mix sculptural objects with light using humour and language as mechanisms to provoke deeper critical engagement.

Jamie considers himself as a Futurist inspired by human behaviour and his new exhibition offers a space for people to escape with art objects influenced by the Dada art movement, science fiction and philosophy.

“My aim is to immerse the viewer in a new cultural landscape using a combination of sculpture and light, providing respite from the pressures of capitalism and the complexities of our current political landscape.”

Recently receiving a £3,000 funding boost from Creative Scotland, Jamie’s new body of work will run in conjunction with his partner show Cosmic Debt, set to debut at the Glasgow Project Room later this year.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“I would urge everyone to take the time to support Jamie’s new exhibition. The Harbour Arts Centre is the cultural hub for North Ayrshire and we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Jamie back to his roots and celebrate the launch of his new body of work.

“We are extremely lucky to have such talented artists showcasing their work in our venue and Jamie’s unique installation is a great addition to the schedule of events planned for the HAC this year.”

GOD FEEL! is on at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, until Thursday, 27 February. Entry is free.

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