Carl's 1,400 pound aluminum sculpture of a rubber band, titled Things End, has been permanently installed outside the Toronto International Film Festival Tower.
James Carl is an internationally recognized artist who questions the position of art in the chain of production and consumption.

As a St. Thomas University artist in residence, Carl will be giving a public talk on his work Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in room 101, Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.

Meticulously pieced together from cardboard, his earlier constructions were full-scale reproductions of functional consumer objects such as refrigerators, stoves, radios, toasters, televisions, washers and dryers. The care and time taken to make these pieces from the discarded cardboard containers of the products they represent criticized the value placed on work in an age of mass production.

In a subsequent body of work, Carl carved replicas of disposable electronics out of marble – a traditional sculptor’s material with connotations of permanence. Carl also constructed large-scale sculptures by intricately weaving venetian blinds in a series titled jalousie.

Recent exhibitions include: jalousie at Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand in Karlsruhe, Germany; negative spaces at Florence Loewy in Paris; plot at Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, and bottom feeder at Mercer Union in Toronto. Carl’s work is in public and private collections in North America and Europe, including The National Gallery of Canada.

James Carl's 1,400 pound aluminum sculpture of a rubber band, titled Things End, has been permanently installed outside the Toronto International Film Festival Tower.

Carl earned his MFA from Rutgers University and has additional degrees from McGill, the University of Victoria and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.  Currently, James Carl is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of Guelph.