Secret Satisfaction:

Jim Ramsay

Apr 03, 2011 – Apr 30, 2011

When I was thrown out of architecture school it never occurred to me that this was some sort of cosmic hint. When they let me back in and I managed to graduate, I was nonplussed when a professor told me "we thought you could be an architect,we just didn't know if you wanted to be an architect". In hindsight I know that learning how to build things and knowing how to convey why you want them built that certain way were valuable but no, I really didn't want to be an architect....

But architecture took me to Japan where I started to make the crazy paper models of my youth again and school had taught me to write down the ideas behind the crazy paper models in my daily journal. Then architecture took me to the Caribbean and introduced me to people who knew that if you were going to stay the course you would have to chart it yourself. Finally it took me to the movie industry, a place where wild ideas are a daily currency and where stretches of hard work allows you the time and the space to be creative for stretches between jobs.The movies perhaps also presented me with the metaphor at the centre of my work.

So now I have the time, the resources and the inclination to build the alternate universe that presents itself to me on the pages of my sketchbook/journal. If the Walkman or the iPod have provided us the soundtrack to our own personal movies I'd like to think my pieces are the vehicle to engage everyone's personal movie narrator. Just like a movie set they are there to tell a story that is only brought alive by the interaction with the viewer.

The artists I collaborate with must be creating their own story as they work through their interpretation of the tangled chaos I have handed them. Each person that tries to bring their rational view of the world to interpreting the pieces must be telling themselves a story that I hadn't even imagined. And I guess that is what I am trying to accomplish-creating storied objects that allow your inner voice a flight of fancy...

Perhaps there is a special asylum for that sort of thing but as William Heath Robinson once said:
"I really have a secret satisfaction in being considered rather mad."

Artist Work
Artkar Electrik:Electricity detail
54 in x 21 in
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$1700

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Artkar Electric: 12 Midnite
39 in x 13 in
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$1500

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Artkar Electric: Bound
6 in x 13 in
Sculpture

$950

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Artkar Electric: Bronze
39 in x 13 in
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$1500

Artist Work
Artkar Electric: Christmas
6 in x 13 in
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$1400

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Artkar Electric: Christmas
6 in x 13 in
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$1400

Artist Work
Artkar Electric: Flower
6 in x 13 in
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$950

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Artkar Electric: Flower detail
6 in x 13 in
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$950

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Artkar Electric: Ladies Collage
6 in x 13 in
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$950

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Artkar Electric: Rubble
6 in x 13 in
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$1200

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Artkar Electric: Ruble detail
6 in x 13 in
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$1200

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Artkar Electric: Skelton
6 in x 13 in
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$900

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Artkar Electric: Skelton detail
6 in x 13 in
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$900

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Artkar Electric: Stamped
6 in x 13 in
Sculpture

$1100

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Artkar Electric: Stamped detail
6 in x 13 in
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$1100

Artist Work
Artkar Electrik:Electricity
54 in x 21 in
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$1700

Artist Work
Church of Deliverance detail
19.5 in x 8 in
Sculpture

$1200

Artist Work
Doodlebug detail
21.5 in x 14.5 in
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$2000

Artist Work
Doomed House
37 in x 16 in
Sculpture

$4000

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Doomed House
37 in x 16 in
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$4000

Artist Work
Flawd: Believing in the Unbelievable
11 in x 16 in
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$1100

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Flawd: Believing in the Unbelievable detail
11 in x 16 in
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$1100

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Flawd: Honesty
13 in x 17 in
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$1800

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Flawd: Honesty detail
13 in x 17 in
Sculpture

$1800

Artist Work
FLAWD: Impatience
9.75 in x 14.75 in
Sculpture

$1100

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Flawd: Self-Doubt
21 in x 10 in
Sculpture

$1200

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Flawd: Self-Doubt detail
21 in x 10 in
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$1200

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Flawd: Show of Force
13 in x 11 in
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$900

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Flawd: Show of Force detail
13 in x 11 in
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$900

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Gas and Recruiting Station
16 in x 21.5 in
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$3000

Artist Work
Gas and Recruiting Station detail
16 in x 21.5 in
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$3000

Artist Work
Grudge: Million Dollar Rat Rods
11 in x 12 in
Sculpture

$1800

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Grudge: Million Dollar Rat Rods
11 in x 12 in
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$1800

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SUZ: Sports Utility Zepplin
10.5 in x 11 in
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$1400

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SUZ: Sports Utility Zepplin detail
10.5 in x 11 in
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$1400

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Temple of Venus detail
22 in x 11.5 in
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$1200

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The Butcher Shop of Hopes and Dreams detail
in x in
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$2400

Artist Work
The Great Escape Artist
24 in x 8 in
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$1050

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The Grudge Delivery Van
8 in x 16.5 in
Sculpture

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The Grudge: Dirty Dishes
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1400

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The Grudge: Dirty Dishes detail
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1400

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The Grudge: Meat Gridge detail
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1400

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The Grudge: Meat Grudge
11 in x 12.5 in
Sculpture

$1400

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The Grudge: Random Miseries
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1900

Artist Work
The Grudge: Random Miseries
11 in x 12.5 in
Sculpture

$1900

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The Grudge: Random Miseries detail
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1900

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The Grudge: The Military
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1600

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The Grudge: The Military detail
11 in x 12.5 in
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$1600

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Church of Deliverance
19.5 in x 8 in
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$1200

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Comics Gulag
26 in x 13 in
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$2700

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Comics Gulag detail
26 in x 13 in
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$2700

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Hound's House of Chance
23 in x 13.5 in
Sculpture

$1800

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Hound's House of Chance
23 in x 13 in
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$1800

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Sweet Bees Roasted
46 in x 10 in
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$3500

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Town Without Pity: Sweet Bees Roasted detail
46 in x 10 in
Sculpture

$3500

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Temple of Venus
22 in x 11.5 in
Sculpture

$1200

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: The Butcher Shop of Hopes and Dreams
19.5 in x 8 in
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$2400

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Wal Mort
13 in x 33 in
Sculpture

$2400

Artist Work
Town Without Pity: Watchtower
45 in x 17 in
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$2200

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Town Without Pity: Watchtower detail
45 in x 17 in
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$2200

Artist Work
Tucker Doodlebug
21.5 in x 14.5 in
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$2000

Artist Work
Wal Mort detail
13 in x 39 in
Other Media

$2400


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