James is working on this mural for a wall in Edmonton next week, with an opening event on the 19th. Here’s the invitation, and if you happen to be in Edmonton, please come by.
If you follow the link to the site for the project, you can see a slideshow of the work so far.
A 16’ x 16’ public mural
by Vancouver artist James K-M
Opening Sunday, July 19, 2009
3 – 5 PM
at 9206 95th Avenue (west wall)
For more information call Joe Clare at 780-913-5447
RSVP at project web site: http://strathearnmural.net
About the artist:
James K-M lives in Vancouver, B.C. and has exhibited internationally since 1978.
His most recent exhibition of paintings was at the Simon Fraser University Teck Gallery in 2008
His next exhibition will be in Camagüey, Cuba in December 2009. Artist web site is at http://jameskm.wordpress.com
“Out of extremely objective systemization comes extreme subjectivity”
Bill Jeffries, SFU Gallery Curator
A public mural commissioned by Joe Clare
James K-M’s art got some inadvertent national exposure during the CTV coverage of the Canadian leadership debate last week. Students from SFU were gathered in the Teck Gallery space at Harbour Centre to give their feedback. Watch as the camera swings to the left: there are his paintings adding some flash and colour to the environment. To see more, go here to his site.
Here are the remarks from James’ Cave Paintings exhibition opening at SFU Teck Gallery in Vancouver from Bill Jeffries, James K-M, and Oldhands.
James K-M: Cave Paintings, September 2 – November 22, 2008.
Opening: Friday, September 5, 8 – 9 pm. Open daily during campus hours.
Please join us for the exhibition opening at the Teck Gallery, SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. The artist will be in attendance. Opening remarks at 8:30 pm.
Artist talk: Monday, September 15, 7pm
The artist will present a talk titled “Is There Anything Old Here?”
Room 1600, SFU Vancouver campus
Phone: 778-782-4266 Web: sfu.ca/gallery Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James K-M is a Vancouver-based painter who has, since 1983, created a vast series of hard-edge, optically charged works. These paintings reference primordial languages, the linkages between aural and visual phenomena, as well Op Art—a key historical avant-garde movement.
The question of how the social is contained within abstraction has been raised in many arenas over the twenty-five years since the first of these paintings were made. This exhibition addresses that societal role, while querying the rationales that continue to exist for new work in hard-edge abstraction. – Bill Jeffries, August, 2008
Publication: This exhibition is accompanied by a 24-page catalogue with essays by Eric McLuhan and Bill Jeffries.
James K-M, Murakami Pillow, Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan just returned from New York where he saw the Murakami exhibition. Here he presents James K-M with a gift of a Murakami pillow. The energy is so exciting that the photo is blurring with enthusiasm! Side 2 of the pillow shows a smiling sleeping face, so the mood need not always be totally exuberant!
In the mid-90′s, James K-M and I worked on three interactive artworks called Mediaprobes. They’ve been viewed in various exhibitions world-wide. Below is their description and a still image from each. (Originally programmed in Director, they need to be redone in another format so they can be seen without being delivered on a disk.)
MediaProbes compress concepts together to form an entirely new type of
multimedia icon. The relationships between concepts from Marshall McLuhan,
Barrington Nevitt, James Joyce and Wyndham Lewis are juxtaposed with
experimental animated text and image along with narration and interactive
MediaProbes reverse our normal concept of interactivity. Instead of the viewer
interacting with the presentation, MediaProbes present sensory interactivity,
sending complex signals back to the viewer, whose limited interaction by
mouseclick is rewarded by the “probeclick” sent back by the synaesthetic icon to
Disparate ideas are forced into compressed interrelationship and much
like a chemical reaction they become fused in a new form of iconic expression.
Found images and sounds in the communication environment are combined with
intentional imagery and text selections in a very controlled setting. Working with
the minimum of input creates a reversal effect, which is formed by this forcing
together of ideas originally expressed in different media. The only appropriate
response for the viewer is a momentary internal synaesthetic shortcircuit, an
empty moment of “unlearning”.
MEDIAPROBE #1 (1.5 MIN.):
One quote from McLuhan is illustrated with appropriated audio and treated video. The flowing vertical text on one side of the main screen is one of ten thunders from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, which usher in a new development for humanity. The opposite vertical text is McLuhan/Nevitt’s analysis of the meaning of each thunder.
MEDIAPROBE #2 (2 MIN.):
The Artist is Older than the Fish, a quote from Wyndham Lewis, is placed over text from McLuhan, in which he describes the TV viewer as a skin diver. This fragmented text appears at intervals throughout the presentation, while video shot through a rear-view mirror is the central visual image. Audio involves three simultaneous tracks on the topic of out of body experience.
MEDIAPROBE #3 (7 MIN.):
A quote from Barrington Nevitt: “The perceptive artist learns how to repeat and
magnify his errors in order to create his own distinctive style for sharing new
truth”. Behind each chair is the image of an animal. Music is a treated midi-file
from the rhythm section for The Girl from Ipanema, and carries on throughout the piece. The blue buttons, when clicked, reveal quicktime sequences of futurist
narrative by Carol Sill or sound poems by James K-M.
(Download a free pdf excerpt from my book Documentary Print. Click on the title to receive the entire SRF Interim Report Document on Living in the Future.)
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James K-M’s Cave Paintings exhibition opened at the Kootenay Gallery last weekend, and we travelled there with Andrew Jordan for the show. Marilyn James, spokesperson of the Siniixt people opened the exhibition. Also opening that same evening was Joanne Circle’s show in the other room of the gallery.
After the opening we went out for dinner but the only place open after 9 pm in Castlegar is Boston Pizza. It became the site of our great mind-blowing symposium discussion on art, with James, me, Andrew, Joanne, and her friend, Maggie.
Andrew, James and I stayed at the Flamingo Motel in Castlegar, which featured handmade quilts, a funky gazebo wired for sound, and apple trees.
It wasn’t far to go up to Nelson and over to Ainsworth Hot Springs. In Nelson we visited Margrith Schraner and Ernest Hekkanen, both writers and publishers of the well-regarded New Orphic Review. Their home is also the New Orphic Gallery, and their front lawn may be a site of the “controversial” bronze monument to Vietnam-era war resisters. After wonderful dinner, wide-ranging conversation (or is it wild-ranging conversation?) and a good night’s sleep, we left the next morning for Vancouver – laden with dusky plums and perfumed grapes from their trees and vines.
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So glad to see that the DDAS material has been rebuilt and posted – if nothing else just to have a record of the international exhibitions that were put up over the past 5 years of the society’s operations.
From Digitalis 5, BCDL by Francesco Schiavon and Tris by James K-M
In the Spiritual in Digital Art show (Feb -March 2003), one component didn’t make it to this archive site. It was a web radio broadcast we did including music from submissions worldwide, programmed to self-run for the duration of the exhibition. At the same time, audio interviews with the artists were in rotation along with the music, so it made for a very complete presentation. I did the interviews, and Francesco programmed the radio. We also had text interviews by email, which were posted along with the exhibition on the DDAS site. At any rate, you can go here to see the archive.
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