COMING IN AUGUST TO GALLERY425: James Grimsley

JOIN US FOR THE DUAL OPENING OF HIDE & SEEK, BY JAMES AND MEREDITH GRIMSLEY, ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2017 @ 6:00PM

JAMES GRIMSLEY ARTIST STATEMENT

My decision to work the way I do is to give myself the time to comprehend what I am making. My sculptural macrocosms are meant to question, expose, reflect, and hide. I strive for a depth of meaning as well as space. I want the viewer to be a voyeur – to be shown too much and sometimes not enough. The imagery is drawn from my past, the world around me, and the potential of souls, focusing primarily on how we treat each other, and the fears of being human. Evolving from a personal need to meditate on them, I depict images, from the portrait of my newborn nephew after he died, to the political and physical obsessions of men and women. Over several months of work I hope to develop a piece that is provocative to the viewer and involves them in my psyche. I hope to draw the viewer close with security of form and scale, and repel with preciousness and imagery. To create a dynamic relationship between the patron and the piece, I utilize the pull of an appealing feature melding into an abhorrent one. They are a collage of images with a personal aura, who’s ultimate story is written by the audience. In my absence, I want my work to communicate what words always fall short of capturing, a sensitivity in meaning.

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BIO OF JAMES GRIMSLEY

James Grimsley received is MFA in 2003 from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and his BFA from Syracuse University in 1998. While in Graduate School he developed severe reactions to clay and other irritants related to Ceramics. He developed this method of carving clay to remain in school and in the medium he loved. After graduate school he finished several pieces for a solo show that never came to fruition. For the last 10 years his focus has been renovating a home and becoming a stay at home dad.

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