Were these actually taken before the New Year? From the looks of the preview that was circulated a couple weeks ago, he had completed the entire show and didn't worked up anything new in the months that followed. Kinda interesting. Not that it was a full fledged solo, at least based on the amount of work supplied, but it left a lot to be desired for me. I long for the day that we get a less loose, Kindling-esque series of works again.
James Jean - Rebus - preview - Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles
"This is James Jean's work for his upcoming exhibition at Martha Otero Gallery on Fairfax in Los Angeles. While hanging commences and just about finishes, his exhibition will run from March 12 - April 30, 2011. It's quite a long run and the works will surely impress you in person. The pages that look like drawings are actually prints from his sketchbook. Sketchbook drawings? Yes, mere sketches. Some of the grand painted works are actually borrowed from their respective owners and some are ready for the sale. I've seen some of these in progress but never saw the exact final. It's three rooms of space there's plenty of art. The wallpaper done by Trapeze Editions look great too. I thought James painted it by hand. One thing that's great about the development of James Jean which I'm sure a lot of you probably won't know, is that he's gone away from an illustrative style to more abstract works, but now, it's slowly coming back to being a mix of both. The layer upon layer of work make his works deeper in meaning and feeling. He's pushing the edges."
Some of the work has definitely grown on me over time and after seeing some real images I mean, I love James' work so much. He's such an insane talent it's scary. I'm still just partial to the Kindling era stylings. Tiger and Hounds are insane..and holy hell are some ginormous. Love the installation too. My favorite piece might very well be that minimalistic piece of the two girls on the blue backdrop.
Not sure what to think of that 3D piece. I presume it was a solid panel that was cut up after completion and then reengineered? Pretty clever. I think I like it. Here's another image Khoi snapped showing the crazy depth achieved..
hey walt, i agree these photos of the works being set-up really pop. it's incredible to see their scale and to see them in the setting of the gallery.
i think the 3d piece, akaname, might be 5 panels mounted atop one another. this one just continues to grow and grow on me. i'm curious to see how the composition shifts as you walk around it. i was talking to another collector of james work and we were discussing how cool this piece would be to own. unfortunately, neither of us had the $$$ for it and it has since been snapped up by another buyer.
i agree with you on 'braid' (the piece with the two girls) - incredible piece. wish it was for sale but sounds like it is bound for europe.
I love seeing sculptural work from the artists I admire and collect, perhaps as a result of my affinity for vinyl toys many years ago. For whatever reason, however, I've never been able to get behind their bronze creations enough to jump on board with adding them to the collection. That said, I just love this sculptural piece and would most likely grab one if it were produced in bronze or some high quality material. The prototype was made by a company called Good Smile in Japan, who appear to sculpt tons of anime inspired work as well as a piece or two for Ashley Wood's toy line. But they certainly don't appear to be a foundry and it seems most, if not all, of their figures are plastic in nature. It has a porcelain look, which I think is fitting and would be incredible if feasible. But I vote for this guy getting produced!
I really like most of the work in this show, but my god, that Goat...it terrifies me.
I'm with ya on that, but think RomRem frightens me even more. At the same time, I can't help but laugh at the thick haphazard linework in the foreground of each. It so reminds me of the sloppy results I used to get when going freehand with the mouse in MSPaint back in the day. An homage perhaps to how damn hard it was to control that shit