So near

So near
c3 Contemporary Art Space - Project Space
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
August 17 - September 11
Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
Opening celebration: August 17, 6-8pm

Subtly discerning faces I have never seen in the flesh,
gently interpreting inexplicable movements of the heart. 
Delicately consoled by a longing that ever increases,
slowly reading books that never end. 

So near (always), so palpable (sometimes).
Bathed intermittently in the light of a heavenly country.

So near seeks to combine James’ research interests of sacred art and contemporary non-representative art making, in the hope of offering small moments of revelation and dissipation in small abstract icons.  He has long been fascinated by the aesthetic, historical, and spiritual depth of Byzantine iconography and mosaics, and Gothic stained glass.  Traditionally, such images act as windows for communication, the gazing back and forth between persons on opposite sides of eternity/mortality. Having simultaneously been captured by contemporary abstraction with its myriad languages, James has adopted some of the visual and spiritual elements of these forms of sacred art into the non-representative context.  This is in order to open up the possibility of an experience at first visceral, and then maybe even spiritual; where form, light and meaning are at times vivid, yet just as quickly slip away.

Thanks to Jon Butt of c3, Tony Fuery (artwork documentation) and Vivian Cooper Smith (exhibition documentation).

The two lives, 2016, acrylic on linen, 87x183cm.

A will (a heart) - Teresa, 2015, acrylic on linen, 56x56cm, NFS.

Three movements of the heart, 2016, acrylic on carved Japanese Magnolia, 30x20cm.

Unconsumed, 2016, acrylic on carved Japanese Magnolia, 30x20cm.

Beyond the fog of some sort of imagining, 2016, acrylic on carved Japanese Magnolia, 30x20cm (acquired).

Let me see the bright, bright Sun, 2016, acrylic on Japanese Magnolia, 30x20cm.

An anointing, 2016, acrylic on carved Japanese Magnolia, 30x20cm.

Stay with us, 2016, acrylic on carved Japanese Magnolia, 30x20cm (acquired).

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