The Secret City invited me to be the guest artist for their PURPOSE themed service. It was a sunday morning celebration of creativity with an impressive selection of artists and performers (beatboxer Adam Matta, Dana Fisch and her Undertoe Dance Company, and the fabulous Secret City Singers).
The lovely and talented Devlin Resetar dropped by the Binder Full Of Collages exhibition at Frosch & Portmann to take some pictures and conduct an interview for his new editorial project.
The butt-focused Public Spirit series was included in Brian Morris Gallery's Casheesh exhibition. Crazy amounts of people showed up to see the huge selection of affordable art.
The Scult Peru Series has been on view in Lima, Peru as part of the Design Peru festival. The twelve piece series will continue to travel throughout South America with the Weird International Collage Show.
Frosch & Portmann will be including the Nicotine Series in their exhibition, A Binder Full Of Collages, opening on December 13th in NYC.Posted by jamesgallagher on 11/20/12 | Permalink
Jesse Draxler and James Gallagher have just completed several collaborative pieces. Take some time and check out more work by Jesse Draxler.Posted by jamesgallagher on 11/20/12 | Permalink
Darya Kosilova interviews James Gallagher in The Lab Magazine issue #6. Look for this quality publication on newsstands now!Posted by jamesgallagher on 9/11/12 | Permalink
The master printers at The Outsiders have released two limited edition etchings of James Gallagher's work: Pinschur 2 and Strength 7. They were made using the "Chine-collé" process originally developed in China – Chine refers to the light Chinese tissue paper often employed, and collé means "paste". Two pieces of paper are used to make the print, with the thinner Chine pressed upon the thicker archival base layer.Posted by jamesgallagher on 8/17/12 | Permalink
Photographs by Noah Post of Glasschord for the Antiquity issue.Posted by jamesgallagher on 8/02/12 | Permalink
Long overdue pictures of last December's exhibition at CO2 in Rome.Posted by jamesgallagher on 8/01/12 | Permalink
JAMES GALLAGHER: Prolonging the Ecstasy
15.12.2011 | 28.01.2012
CO2 Contemporary Art is pleased to invite you to the first italian solo show by James Gallagher. Opening by invitation only / Thursday December 15h h.6.30pm Press preview / Friday December 15th h.5pm Open Monday-Friday 11>19 Saturday 16>19
CO2 | Via Piave 66 | 00187 Roma | Italy | www.co2gallery.com | email@example.comPosted by jamesgallagher on 12/05/11 | Permalink
Captivated by the secret behavior of human beings, James Gallagher’s newest exhibition ‘Frequent Fits’ features examples of some of his strongest works and most gracious attempts at freezing time and revealing to the viewer a world of which is unknown. With over 100 pieces on display and Gallagher's largest instillation to date, this should not be missed.
James Gallagher's ‘Frequent Fits’ opens on October 8, 2011 as part of Chicago Artists Month, at Pawn Works Gallery, Chicago.Posted by jamesgallagher on 10/29/11 | Permalink
A mysterious gravity holds together the disparate body parts and strangely fragmented figures of artist James Gallagher. They repeat certain actions and poses over and over again as if silently mouthing the words to some secret message. Gallagher's solo exhibition Everybody Else at Jolie Laide gallery is a unique opportunity to decipher some pieces of the puzzle.
The most abundant element in his work and, therefore, a good place to begin an investigation, is the human figures that populate Gallagher’s often sparse compositions. The viewer can approach them from two points of view. The first is to disregard their objectivity: they are but one more element of collaged paper. They represent the portion of the collage typically filled with the halftone dot of the printing process. Each composition consists of dark and light (halftone and non-halftone) shapes carefully balanced and fixed in place like pieces of inlaid wood or pietra dura. But this strictly formal critique does not connect closely enough to what appears to be Gallagher’s true interest with the work. The repeated appearance and centrality of his figures insinuate that they play an important role. In this exhibition there exist essentially three types of figures: the figure of power; the figure of vulnerability; and the figure of lust.
The figure of power radiates confidence and self-assurance through body language and style. However, these power-icons also seem cold and calculating. Not figures of inspiration but figures to be feared. Like all of Gallagher's work, their identities have been whittled away leaving the viewer the participatory task of projecting identity upon them. They become figures of draconian authority from our own past; a stern teacher from elementary school, a mean neighbor we avoided, or perhaps a grandparent who always looked down upon us with a furrowed brow of disapproval. The figures of power intimidate us because they remind us of the individuals who intimidated us in flesh. As a viewer I wanted to move away from these images not because I tired of looking at them but because I felt, irrationally, like I was not welcome.
The two other types of figures, the figure of vulnerability and the figure of lust are most often represented in the nude. The vulnerable nudes are newborns who need protection from their stark environment. They evoke our humanity and accept our sympathetic eyes as some form of temporary concealment from the elements. Their pathetic situation elicits empathy. Both the figure of power and the figure of vulnerability engage us, though from opposite ends of the emotional spectrum – one rejects, the other accepts. The figures of lust however are too lost in their own activities to even notice us. They are a closed loop and we observe their amoebic movements like a scientist gazing into a Petri dish. The clinically sterile environments and the abstracted identities of the figures call to mind the photographic documentation of medical disorders more than any form of pornography. There is a tinge of discomfort in watching their bodies awkwardly smack and thump together, more flesh and meat than spirit.
One of the things that bind this array of imagery together is the tactile quality of the materials. The paper has an overwhelming presence. As I tracked my eye from one image to the next, I sensed the turning of page after page of a novel. If you are close enough to the unframed smaller works in the back of the gallery even the faint smell of aged paper is present. This cluster of unframed smaller pieces with their irregular edges, layers of collaged paper, and condensed figurative language offers some of the strongest and most concise examples of Gallagher’s work. They are spontaneous, intuitive and playful in their combinations – at once bold in their design and fragile in their materials. Their very installation is a collage complimenting the nature of the work. The framed works that share the room with this set appear tame in relation. They stand shoulder to shoulder in a neat row that is alien to the improvisational nature of the work itself. Beyond this imposed order, the sensorial connection to the materials has been severed. Behind the glass the work keeps to itself and the viewer loses access to these everyday materials that otherwise feel so familiar.
The two largest works in the gallery are prints glued to panel. They emulate the tactile quality of the smaller works but give a very different experience. They read well from a great distance and their figures assume a monumental quality. Their size indicates they have something more profound to tell us. But do they? They seem to be enlarged inkjet reproductions of smaller (12” x 10”) collages from 2010. As reproductions they are unable to achieve the qualities that are naturally evident in an original. The hand of the artist, the layering of materials in space, the singularity of the object and the sense of smell and touch are simulated rather than inherited. It is unclear if these experiments in reproduction are a commentary on the various forms of printed matter he mines for his sources or if this is merely scale for scale’s sake.
The layout of the exhibition offers another potential clue for reading the work. At the center of the gallery, acting as a hub connecting process with product, a well-worn worktable is covered with Gallagher’s material and tools. The table does not claim to be anything more than what it is: a working space and a signifier of the human aspect of the work. The artist is a person who sits in this chair, uses that glue, sifts through those images, and cuts or tears this piece of paper. All of these actions come with their own sounds, smells, and textures and further emphasize the fact that this is work you want to run your fingers along – work that attempts an intimate connection, through the use of very specific materials, with the viewer. There is a sense that someone could sit down at the table and try their hand at a collage. Like the work on the walls the table presents itself as something from some distant past; familiar to us but somehow lost in time.
There are other familiar aspects of the work as well. The choice of materials, time worn books and magazines, are sentimental objects that many people share a connection to. The black and white images stir a sense of longing for a forgotten time. Gallagher is a creative director for a marketing firm and I cannot help but wonder how much the psychological techniques of advertising, stimulating our subconscious urges, have on his work. Is there some strategy behind the materials and nostalgic imagery, engineered to manipulate our emotions? Using a medium that captures the frailty and transience of the human condition, Gallagher’s work advertises our basic human quest for power, sex, and acceptance. The glue behind the work is a psychological cocktail of emphatic sensorial connection through materials and process.
Christopher Davison is an artist who lives, works and teaches in Philadelphia. He received his MFA in 2006 from Tyler School of Art and is currently represented by Fred Torres Collaborations in New York and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles.Posted by jamesgallagher on 10/05/11 | Permalink
EVERYBODY ELSE / Collage by James Gallagher
September 9 - October 8 / Opening September 9, 6-9PM
Jolie Laide Gallery 224 N. Juniper St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
Performance by The Inner Banks, 8PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 6PM
Jolie Laide Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Philadelphia for New York-based collage artist James Gallagher. This gathering of very recent works (mostly from 2011) operates in the space between the unintentional artifacts of the studio and the deliberately cut and pasted images Gallagher’s been honing for ten years. In light of the abundance of digitally driven and overly produced images surrounding us, something about the apparent quickness in the practice, in the turnover of cut paper - to ground - to wall encouraged the curatorial posture of embracing the studio/ gallery bond. Within this initial frame, an idea of portraiture holds the selected works together in an attempt to name what Gallagher can tell us about the individual, ourselves – and everybody else.
Eileen Neff, CuratorPosted by jamesgallagher on 9/07/11 | Permalink
A beautiful publication that has been called an intellectual fashion magazine. Based in Paris, with text printed in the original source language (English, French, and Italian) James Gallagher has several illustrations in the latest issue 'Economics'.
TWILL is completely readable online: TWILLPosted by jamesgallagher on 8/03/11 | Permalink
The making of a six-foot limited art edition. check em out: PastedPosted by jamesgallagher on 8/03/11 | Permalink
Cutting Edges is reviewed by Rick Poynor in the June issue of PRINT Magazine. He chronicles the return of collage in the digital age of cut and paste, and answers the question "Has the Internet made collage more or less important as an instrument of contemporary aesthetic work?"Posted by jamesgallagher on 5/18/11 | Permalink
The Cutters exhibition has traveled from Ireland to Germany and will mark the first exhibition of the new Gestalten Space in Berlin. The show runs from April 29 – May 28.
A Group Exhibition Curated by James Gallagher
Collage is currently experiencing a new heyday in contemporary art and visual culture. Today’s artists, illustrators, and designers are increasingly drawn to this artistic technique by the challenges of seamlessly melding traditional craftsmanship with skilled computer montage. They are not only composing a wide variety of visual elements, but are also deliberately omitting, deleting, and destroying them. Though it first gained popularity in the early twentieth century, collage is a true reflection of the world we live in today, and the innovative work now being produced represents a new era for this technique. According to curator James Gallagher, the works in the exhibition “fall into a variety of categories, numerous styles, and countless visions. All of them made from the act of physically or digitally cutting and pasting…resulting in a range of work that encompasses everything from social and political commentaries to personal confessions, not to mention surrealist fantasies composed from real life and from the imaginary.”
Highlights among the selected artists include Sergej Sviatchenko and April Gertler. Ukrainian-born, Danish-based architect and artist Sviatchenko has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Europe, Canada, and the USA and is one of the leading figures in contemporary collage. Gertler, an American artist based in Berlin, is the founder of Picture Berlin, an artist residence/art academy for artists working with photography.
The exhibition also has contributions from Hisham Akira Bharoocha, a visual artist and musician, who is known for his legendary status as founding member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, now working on his solo project Soft Circle; Paul Burgess, who has worked with Sex Pistols on a number of occasions as a photographer and designer and is also co-author of the book Satellite: Sex Pistols published by Abstract Sounds in 1999; Katherine Streeter, an award winning New York-based illustrator who has had her work published in newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Guardian; and Irish-based artist Stephen Brandes, who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale.
James Gallagher, who already curated the CUTTERS series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary collage in Brooklyn in 2009, in Berlin in 2010 and in Cork in 2011, uses collage to investigate human form and personal identity. His art has been shown in galleries around the world and featured in numerous magazines and books.
Gallagher is also co-editor of the recently released Gestalten book Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage, an inspiring collection of unique recent work created using this technique.
Featured artists: Rubén B (Spain), Michael Bartalos (USA), Melinda Beck (USA), Brian Belott (USA), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (USA), Stephen Brandes (Ireland), Paul Burgess (UK), Dennis Busch (Germany), Hollie Chastain (USA), Alejandro Chavetta (USA), Cless (Spain), Barrett Cook (USA), Liam Crockard (Canada), Valero Doval (Spain), Jesse Draxler (USA), Lukas Feireiss (Germany), Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez (Germany), Erik Foss (USA), James Gallagher (USA), April Gertler (Germany), Jason Glasser (USA/France), Kate Hate (Germany), Sean Hillen (Ireland), Ashkan Honarvar (Netherlands), Jordin Isip (USA), Eva Lake (USA), Greg Lamarche (USA), Dani Leventhal (USA), Leif Low-beer (USA), Max o Matic (Spain), Jeffrey Meyer (USA), Vincent Pacheco (USA), Melissa Paget (Canada), David Plunkert (USA), Garrett Pruter (USA), Kareem Rizk (Australia), Javier Rodriguez (UK), Jenni Rope (Finland), Jason Rosenberg (USA), Valerie Roybal (USA), Joe Ryckebosch (USA), Cay Schroder (Netherlands), Baby Smith (USA), Kerstin Stephan (Germany), Katherine Streeter (USA), Sergei Sviatchenko (Denmark), Alejandra Villasmil (Venezuela/Chile), David Wallace (USA), Jessica Williams (USA), Oliver Wiegner (Germany), Lulu Wolf (USA), Bill Zindel (USA), and Anthony Zinonos (Germany).Posted by jamesgallagher on 4/27/11 | Permalink
Weird International Collage Show
Works by Rubén B, Max-o-matic, Cless, James Gallagher and 5003 & DDOCK (Hobby Horse)
March 25 - May 21 2011
Gloria Art Space Madrid
Plus, get the Special Zine!
Limited and numbered edition of 100 copies. 16pp full color, supported by Carhartt.Posted by jamesgallagher on 4/04/11 | Permalink
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From Gestalten TV:
"The New York-based artist James Gallagher is a master of contemporary collage. As the curator of the Cutters exhibition, which has toured New York, Berlin and is now on show at the West Cork Arts Centre in Ireland, and co-editor of Gestalten's Cutting Edges, he is also helping define a new generation of outstanding artists and illustrators who are rediscovering an art form with an outstanding tradition. Although collage is not so much about what's in the picture but rather what's left out, we couldn't resist putting James Gallagher into the picture of our latest Gestalten.tv video interview."Posted by jamesgallagher on 3/10/11 | Permalink
The two works "A Woman Draped" and "Brief 1" by collage artist James Gallagher are now up for auction on Artnet Auctions. Get info or place a bid!
Reminder: The current group show Cutters/Cork curated by James Gallagher at West Cork Arts Centre in Ireland still runs till March 12, 2011. Featuring the work of more than 50 international artists including Gallagher himself, Gallagher has brought them all together in the third edition of Cutters, after New York and Berlin at pool gallery.Posted by jamesgallagher on 3/02/11 | Permalink
This issue of Elephant travels from São Paulo to Tel Aviv, via LA and Cologne, talking to visual arts legends such as artist Ramond Pettibon and photographer Miron Zownir and icon builders and destroyers such as art director Tom Hingston, painter Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz, paper sculptor Jeff Nishinaka and conceptual artist Thomas Demand. We get scissors and glue out of the drawer and revisit the phenomenon of collage, taking a close look at how a variety of artists, commercial and not so commercial, are using it to create new realities. Collage artists include Cless, Liam Crockard, Valero Doval, James Gallagher, Eva Lake, Brion Nuda Rosch and Mario Wagner. After all this activity, we head to Berlin, where we spend some quality time with the likes of Kim Hiorthøy, Frank Hülsbömer and Fons Schiedon.Posted by jamesgallagher on 2/08/11 | Permalink
Cutters/Cork will be opening on Feb 5th at the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen, Ireland. For this exhibition over 50 artist's work will fill the walls and illustrate the range and depth of collage taking place today. This exhibition is the third in the Cutters series (Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn in 2009, and Pool Gallery, Berlin in 2010), and will continue to showcase the excitement of the newly invigorated art form of collage.
The full list of participating artists is as follows: Michael Bartalos, Melinda Beck, Brian Belott, Hischam Akira Bharoocha, Stephen Brandes, Paul Burgess, Dennis Busch, Hollie Chastain, Alejandro Chavetta, Cless, Barrett Cook, Liam Crockard, Valero Doval, Jesse Draxler, Tatiana Echeveri Fernandez, Erik Foss, James Gallagher, April Gertler, Jason Glasser, Eva Han, Sean Hillen, Ashkan Honarvar, Jordin Isip, Rubén B, Eva Lake, Greg Lamarche, Dani Leventhal, Leif Low-Beer, Max o Matic, Jeffrey Meyer, Vincent Pacheco, Melissa Paget, David Plunkert, Garrett Pruter, Kareem Rizk, Javier Rodriguez, Jenni Rope, Jason Rosenberg, Valerie Roybal, Joe Ryckebosch, Cay Schroder, Baby Smith, Kerstin Stephan, Katherin Streeter, Sergei Sviatchenko, Alejandra Villasmil, David Wallace, Jessica Williams, Oliver Wiegner, Lulu Wolf, Bill Zindel and Anthony Zinonos.
The exhibition will also link to a series of lens based events taking place in Cork and Cobh over the same period. So if you happen to be in Ireland, please stop by the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen or visit the site: www.westcorkartscentre.com
Cutters/Cork: Contemporary Collage Exhibition
Curated by James Gallagher
7 February - 12 March 2011
Opening Saturday February 5th
West Cork Arts Centre
North Street, Skibbereen
353 28 22090
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pmPosted by jamesgallagher on 1/29/11 | Permalink
Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage
Available in January 2011
Editors: Robert Klanten, Hendrik Hellige, and James Gallagher
Die Gestalten Verlag
224 pages, full color, hardcover
€39,90 | $60,00 | £37,50
Cutting Edges documents the new heyday of collage in current art and visual culture. Today’s artists, illustrators, and designers are increasingly drawn to this artistic technique by the challenges of seamlessly melding traditional craftsmanship with skilled computer montage. They are not only composing a wide variety of visual elements, but are also deliberately omitting, deleting, and destroying them. This book is an inspiring collection of these unique examples of contemporary collage.Posted by jamesgallagher on 1/06/11 | Permalink
PASTED presents high-quality, limited edition works by renowned artists in the oversize format. The original works were reproduced by offset process on poster paper, which is also used for street billboarding. James Gallagher, Mario Wagner, Mark Warren Jacques, Martin Müller, Bernd Preimel and Lars Borges have created exclusive designs: limited and with a signed certificate. If art is taking place everywhere out there, why not at home. Just paste it!Posted by jamesgallagher on 1/05/11 | Permalink
The Italian Design Firm Studio Blanco has just released the limited edition Everyday: A Nonexistent Exhibition. This beautifully printed catalogue is full of stunning imagery from a range of artists portraying their everyday lives. Participating artists: Laetitia Benat, Simone Bergantini, Mark Borthwick, Misha De Ridder, JH Engstrom, Amira Fritz, James Gallagher, Melinda Gibson, Kim Gordon, Peter Granser, Derek Henderson, Todd Hido, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Nadav Kander, Richard Kern, Thurston Moore, Ola Rindal, Henry Roy, Stefan Ruiz, Viviane Sassen, Laura Sciacovelli, Mathias Sterner, Pinar Yolacan.Posted by jamesgallagher on 1/04/11 | Permalink
Things Grow Together: pool gallery on Curatorial Relationships
In this essay on Belin Art Link, Jordan Nassar expands upon the most recent curatorial approach behind two of pool’s exhibitions, and the successes of curatorial collaboration with James Gallagher and Amy Stein, both artists represented by the gallery.
Jordan Nassar and Elisa Freudenreich of pool gallery. Photo by Mike MiloshPosted by jamesgallagher on 12/30/10 | Permalink
The long out-of-print Mamma Tea Towel is back by popular demand! It's a limited edition of 500. And don't forget Pappa. They make a great pair. (Good holiday gift idea!)Posted by jamesgallagher on 11/22/10 | Permalink
Featuring: Lindsey Adams Adelman, Jessica Antola, Jen Causey, Brian W. Ferry, Hikaru Furuhashi, James Gallagher, Julianna Goodman, Jennifer Gordy, Thayer Allyson Gowdy, Tim, Anna, Benji & Casper Harrington, Nidhi Malhotra, Jen Mankins, Lisa Mayock, Caitlin Mociun, Pam Morris, Christopher Silas Neal, Sarah Palmer, Youngna Park, Christopher David Ryan, Sarah Ryhanen, Jennifer Sarkilahti, Shannon South, Bronagh Staley, Kirsten Kay Thoen, Breanne Trammell, Maria Alexandra Vettese, Candice Waldron & Maya Rose, Jessica Williams
Brooklyn, old and new, is known for its diversity and creative spirit. Brooklyn diary takes a look inside the daily lives of twenty-one Brooklyn artists, documented by ten different photographers. A place that is both dirty and beautiful, artistic endeavors are abundant in Brooklyn – from fashion and photography to organic gardens and distinctive food. The book is divided into categories of walk, eat, shop, home, and studio, and the artists profiled have shared their favorite (often lesser known) Brooklyn spots, making it a perfect, unconventional guide book for those planning to visit.
Details: 6.5 x 8.75 in (16.5 x 22.2 cm) 112 pages, perfect bound, offset, full color 1000 copy single edition release date: 10/11/10 $32 + shipping
Outtake from photo shoot of James Gallagher studio. Photo: Sarah PalmerPosted by jamesgallagher on 9/13/10 | Permalink
Jolie Laide Gallery
224 N. Juniper St. Philadelphia, PA
September 3 6:00pm - 10:30pm
A collaborative installation outside Jolie Laide Gallery by James and Ryan Gallagher.Posted by jamesgallagher on 9/09/10 | Permalink
The fourth and latest issue of Licht (‘light’) deals with the topic ‘failure’. “Whenever you want to create something new, there needs to be room for failure,” is what modern fault management tells us, dubbing this process ‘creative failure’. These and other types of failure were interpreted by the issue’s contributors in their own personal ways. Above all, they showed us that failure is just a matter of opinion.
The latest Licht will be displayed in Nuremberg, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Dusseldorf in a few days. Those who can’t pick up a copy can also order it for a €5 service charge via firstname.lastname@example.orgPosted by jamesgallagher on 9/09/10 | Permalink
Contemporary Collage article in Issue #12 of Varoom! Magazine
Collage artist Paul Burgess explores why collage has become such a hot ticket again. He reveals that carefully collecting images, and the art of destroying them, is often essential in creating a vision of the future that isn’t smoothed over by convention and consensus.Posted by jamesgallagher on 7/14/10 | Permalink
Cutters 2010, a group exhibition curated by James Gallagher, reaffirms the new recognition of collage that has come about of late, featuring new and recent collage works by thirteen international artists. Collage is in no way a new medium, having been practiced popularly for the past few centuries and less popularly for many before that; however as today‘s world edges closer to chaos, inundated with imagery and information, collage enjoys a newly found place among necessary outlets of expression.
The exhibition features works by: April Gertler, Brion Nuda Rosch, Cless, Erik Foss, James Gallagher, Justin Mortimer, Jason Glasser, Liam Crockard, Mario Wagner, Matt Lipps, Max-O-Matic, Sophie Kern, Valero Doval
Cutters 2010: An Exhibition of International Collage
Curated by James Gallagher
Tucholskystraße 38 / Ecke Auguststraße 10117 Berlin
Exhibition: 12 May – 15 July, 2010Posted by jamesgallagher on 5/03/10 | Permalink