Structures created using wires and pure imagination by James Paterson


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James Paterson is a wire artist. Twisting together bits of wire, creating structures infusing the emerging forms with twirls and zig-zags, wheels and circles, with spirals, ladders, houses and then the sun, is what James mastered through the years.

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James Paterson (b. 1957) has been an “Imagineer” for as long as he can remember. Visions from the culturally diverse and visually textured Kensington Market neighborhood of Toronto in which he grew up have surfaced in the unique wire sculptures he is creating today. These ambiguous machine-like objects made of twisted bits of wire invite the viewer into a relationship through their moving parts, expressing ideas that are redemptive while attempting to give expression to a mystery. “I like to approach my art with a simple sense of wonder. I live in a world of many moving parts. A squatter in the machine, I live and move and have my being in the midst of it all, strands of wire tracing my world, the cartography of my mind” says Paterson. Splashes of color add to the joy and delight of these whimsical wire structures employing a technique Paterson has developed himself.

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