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JIMMY TROTTER
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Kansas City, MO artist Jimmy Trotter has been an avid collector of toys, comics, records, and an accomplished DJ since his childhood in Miami. Trotter's raw, joyous drawings are diaries and portraits of these collections, other interests, memories and life experiences.
Jimmy Trotter 'The Drug Addix Makeart (market)' 2010 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
 
Currently @ ADA:
Shakey Ground
June 4, 2015 thru June 27, 2015
Jimmy Trotter 'That's Good Eating (Hook, Line & Sinker)' from Shakey Ground at ADA Gallery June 2015 Richmond VA
That's Good Eating (Hook Line & Sinker), detail
 

from 2007 catalog for Charlotte Street Foundation Award winners:


When looking at James Trotter‘s drawings it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that his artistic pursuits began as a child drawing Star Wars characters and writing graffiti while visiting his grandmother in Brooklyn. His interest in popular culture—music, comics, toys, garage sales, flea markets, and e-bay—find their way into his burgeoning toy collection and prolific drawing practice; he has made more than 500 drawings so far this year.
Originally from Miami, Trotter briefly attended KCAI and has stayed in Kansas City, making a career as DJ Superwolf, playing 1960s and 70s soul and funk records and dealing rare 45s overseas in the U.K. and Japan. Trotter maintains a three-pronged engagement to popular culture through drawings, toy installations, and music. His drawings range from quick line sketches to more elaborate constellations of cartoon characters in the vein of R. Crumb, along with food, corporate logos, body parts and records overlapping and interacting and fighting to make sense. Trotter is peculiarly un-precious about his work, which is strewn all over his studio and pinned to the wall. Trotter’s insistence that there are no “corrections” in his drawings demonstrates the conviction of his mark-making using only ink or gouache. He does not use pencil or erasers, although he has developed a recent fondness for white-out as an additional layer to the work. Concerns of conviction and correctness translate into the subject of Trotter’s work as well. He frequently voices his frustration with the United States, not in terms of politics, but more social frustration with political correctness and being afraid to say what one really thinks. While his views may seem brusque, he appears to be trying to get at the daily struggles that beset everyone as part of the human condition. Perhaps this angst is what turns him to music and toys, the safe-havens of childhood fantasy and escape. He collects vintage toys and records from the 1970s and 1980s: seeking out specific toys he couldn’t afford as a child, while others recall the abundance of free candy and toys symbolized by Halloween and Christmas. A tree-house overflowing with his toys, lights and a miniature train embodies the notion of a child’s (and perhaps adult’s) utopia of innocence. At first, I thought Trotter’s work must be a critique of consumption, but it is not. It is about value and resuscitating value into objects, ideas, and memories that are so quickly discarded.


Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

 

 
<<PAST EXHIBITIONS>>
 
PRE-PAID WIRELESS
Shown Dec. 20, 2012 through Jan. 20, 2013 AT MULHERIN + POLLARD (NYC)
Jimmy Trotter 'Ace of Hearts' from Pre-Paid Wireless at Mulherin + Pollard (NYC) Dec/Jan 2012-13
Ace of Hearts
43 x 22 x 10, mixed media, 2012
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Twinkle' from Pre-Paid Wireless at Mulherin+Pollard (NYC) 2012-2013
Twinkle
30 x 22”, mixed media, 2012
 
Jimmy Trotter from Pre-Paid Wireless show at Mulherin + Pollard 2012-2013
 
 
The Sweetest Kill
Shown Oct. 6, 2011 through Oct. 30, 2011 AT MULHERIN + POLLARD (NYC)
Jimmy Trotter '(Demons) I Hate You [Object of Desire]' 2010 from The Sweetest Kill at Mulherin + Pollard Projects NYC
Object of Desire
ink, marker, wite-out, found advertisement on paper, 22 x 30", 2010
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Call My Lawyer (Valentines Day 08)' from The Sweetest kill at Mulherin + Pollard projects NYC
Call My Lawyer
mixed media, 22 x 30", 2008
 
 
<<OTHER PAST WORK>>
Jimmy Trotter 'The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing his Wife' 2011
The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wife
ink, marker, wite-out on paper, 22 x 30", 2011
 
Jimmy Trotter 'King Killed Today 1968' ADA Gallery Richmond VA
King Killed Today 1968
marker and ink on paper, 35 x 23", 2009
 
Jimmy Trotter 'So Stark Your A Sky Scrapper' 2009 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
So Stark Your a Sky Scrapper
ink, marker on paper, 22 x 30", 2009
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Lickity Split' 2010 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
"P" (Lickity Split)
ink, marker, acrylic on paper, 22 x 30", 2010
 
Jimmy Trotter 'The Land of Milk and Honey' 2007 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
The Land of Milk and Honey
mixed media, 35 x 22", 2007
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Have A Cigar (The Jewish Cow Girl)' 2011 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
Have A Cigar (The Jewish Cow Girl)
enamel, ink, marker on found advertisement card mounted on paper, 30 x 22", 2011
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Your Next' 2011 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
Your Next
enamel on found advertisement card mounted on paper, 30 x 22", 2011
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Dream Kill/Galactic Conquest' 2009 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
Dream Kill/Galactic Conquest
wite-out, marker, and ink on paper, 35 x 22", 2009
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Ruined!' 2010 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
Ruined!
acrylic and enamel on wallpaper, 28 x 23", 2010
 
Jimmy Trotter 'Chelsea Girls' 2010 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
Chelsea Girls
marker, ink, acrylic on paper, 35 x 23", 2010
 
Jimmy Trotter 'How to Make Friends' 2011 ADA Gallery Richmond VA
How to Make Friends
mixed media, 35 x 23", 2011
Jimmy Trotter 'How to Make Friends' detail
How to Make Friends, detail
 
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