Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present Hack the Analog by James Richards. This is the Los Angeles-based artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view September 10 through October 22, 2016 with an opening preview on Saturday, September 10th from 5-7pm.
The exhibition’s title refers to the concept of confounding the standard notion of what a painting (as object) is and how it is made. The work in this show explores new iterations of the material components of a painting and how they are assembled. Several freestanding works incorporate metal shelving units and plastic crates in place of “stretchers.” The canvas has been hand-woven into the structure using rope and strips of cloth creating a heavily textured surface upon which thick layers of paint are applied. This process creates an effect of encasing hours of activity in a plastic coating. Paintings mounted on the wall in Hack the Analog utilize a weaving technique intertwining fiber between two stacked picture planes, creating what Richards refers to as a 3rd axis surface. A shallow space is created which does not easily resolve itself. The effect produces a surface that appears to be alternating between forming and dissolving through a chemical-like process. This mix of crudely hand crafted object and taut compositional surface plays with notions of negative and positive space, both physically and pictorially. While the objects themselves pay homage to the satisfaction of viewing physical objects in real space, aspects of the digital world are also present in the flat, hard edge compositions painted on top of the rough surface – compositions that have their origins in computer drawings executed with a digital pencil on an iPad. These works are more difficult to categorize, possessing elements of drawing, sculpture, painting, craft and furniture, not to mention the domestic and the industrial. A hyper-physicality exists in these objects-as-paintings, employing more of a maximization of materials and labor than the notion of ephemerality associated with Richards’ previous work. James Richards holds an MFA from Art Center of College and Design, Pasadena, CA and a BFA from California State University, Fullerton, CA. He has exhibited in several group exhibitions including, Woven at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens; Floor Flowers, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University; Electric Mud, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston; and Plane/Structures at Otis Gallery, Los Angeles. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.