Solo exhibition at WallSpace–LNK, Lincoln, Nebraska, from 3 November through 26 November 2022.
"When I launched into these latest constructions, I arbitrarily grouped them under the label “Precise Imprecisions”; they could justifiably be called “Imprecise Precisions.” The work of the hand is visible: slight irregularities at the edges and along seams; gentle puckering that is inherent in building almost anything with fabric; creases ironed in at angles to some seams, to capture more light; the faint marks of straight pins and basting as pale evidence of the original process. That process felt close and intimate, and suited the circumstances perfectly.
The results of my pandemic enterprise make up the main body of work in this show. I’ve also included several pieces from the previous – the PAST – group, “India Through Beginner’s Eyes,” that have a different sensibility and were, in many ways, transitional, not just in my art but also in my personal life. They developed through a moment of change, when I set myself to reconstructing that life – successfully, I’m happy to say.
Finally, I’ve included the first of a group of textile collages that I anticipate will carry me FORWARD from this point. These developed from an impulse to work more freely after the tight methodology of the precisionist “pandemic” works. I’ve found that my iPad lends itself to spontaneous and painterly image development, and this stylus-guided drawing and mark-making and painting work well for me in moments of semi-distraction. The print-on-demand vendors to which I upload my files provide me with textile realizations of those images, ready to be built on and amplified with mixed media modifications.
Every solo exhibition is a reckoning. I look back at what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve learned, and ahead to what awaits. No pledges, no promises. Just the practice…"
All text, artworks and images shown ©2024 Michael F James unless otherwise noted