Divided into two parts, Vickers’ practice focuses on the reinterpretation of information and imagery in the form of collages and sculptures. The collages are simple juxtapositions of cut-out shapes and photos exploring composition and colour in surreal arrangements. Evoking a feeling of strangeness, the images lose their original purpose and inevitably gain new meaning. His sculptural works are extensions of the collages; a fragment of an image becomes a physical, sculptural form – translated into an object. They often consist of domestic everyday objects and inexpensive building materials. There is a naturally fluid back-and-forth between the two, one informs the other – one doesn’t exist without the other.
Karl Russell Vickers (b. 1988, Blackpool) is an artist based at serf, Leeds. Vickers studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and graduated in 2011. In the same year he co-founded Mexico Project Space, and was co-director for 3 years. Recent exhibitions include: Progress Quest, IsThisIt?, Online (2016); Group Show One: Taction, Serf, Leeds (2016); On To The Next, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2016); Vanity Suite / Sorry, DKUK at Mexico Project Space, Leeds (2016); The Borrowers Parts One & Two, The Tetley & Assembly House, Leeds (2015).karlrussellvickers.uk