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The raw material of my work are photographs of ordinary objects and intimate spaces in my everyday life. I layer, process, and merge these photographs with drawings
in digital spaces to create mixed media collages that are finished on paper, canvas, or projected. Tension and juxtaposition of disparate elements create unforeseen meaning and something new is born. I’m most excited with the result when I'm surprised by what I’ve done. The image stuns me for a second.
For me, art making is a mysterious and intimate act of discovery.
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, Global Groove
PACE Center, Denver, Alternative Facts: Photography by Any Means
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Arts North International
Artoze Gallery, Dubai, A New Start (an online international juried exhibition)
Zacheta-National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Early American Video Art
Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis, Art Inspired by Music
Museum of Art and Design, Miami, The Body Electric
Jimmy Wilson Gallery, Minneapolis, Guest Artist
Hopkins Center for the Arts, member group show
D'art Gallery, Denver, Emerge, juried group show
Divulgarti Gallery, Genoa, Codici d'arte (Art Codes), juried group show
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Body Electric,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, Mourning Glory, group show
2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Made in Minnesota Short Films
James's earlier videos and video installations are in the permanent collections of prestigious museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Banff Center for the Arts, Banff; The Kitchen, New York; Film Anthology Archives, New York; and others.
His work has earned fellowships and grants from Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, MSAB, and NEA.
His most recent work in digital mixed media has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
James earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Video Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed additional graduate study at
the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. He has a Bachelor of Elected Studies from the University of Minnesota.