James lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His studio is in Chashamas’ Brooklyn Army Terminal studios in Sunset Park, located at 58th and 1st Ave. To schedule a visit, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-386-2927.
Born in Iowa in 1977, James moved to the East Coast in 1997 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art for undergraduate studies in painting. before receiving his MFA from Indiana University. Currently, he works in the Foundations Department at Pratt Institute. He has had solo exhibitions at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Delaware, Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
His paintings contain tactile elements of viscous paint and destroyed passages of illusionistic space, worn down by abrasives, exist next to flat areas of clean color. Layered paint, with drips, scratches, and glossy films continue through a series of constructions and deconstructions.
Beginning with a recognizable drawing placed overtop of a bed of found adverts, the studio process is designed to allow peripheral ideas into play throughout the creative act. Using a wide visual vocabulary allows the methods of the making and the subjects made to become harmonious visualizations of the artist’s conflicted and complex point of view towards modernity. The practice is about creating a visual playground for images of the past to visit images of now, and watching ugly lie next to beautiful.
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