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James K-M: Colouring

Baron Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 9-Nov 29, 2010

John Dann, Dragon

James K-MWhite Life (2009), stain and acrylic on plywood [Baron Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Nov 29]

John Dann, WEAM

James K-M, Two Prayers (2007), stain and acrylic on plywood [Baron Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Nov 29]

James K-M, I Woke Up Inside A Buffalo

James K-M, I Woke Up Inside A Buffalo (2007), stain and acrylic on plywood [Baron Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Nov 29]

James K-M, Square Spiral

James K-M, Square Spiral (2007), stain and acrylic on plywood [Baron Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Nov 29]

James K-M is a painter, curator, interface designer and educator who has exhibited his paintings, digital prints and interactive art internationally since 1978. He creates optically interesting paintings resembling beadwork, wallpaper or floor tiling which he describes as being “about the spiritual in digital art.”

His paintings have the strong minimalist patterning of Agnes Martin and at the same time are reminiscent of the kinds of iteration made possible by computers. His background in computer-based training, studies of metaphysics, and his interest in hard-edge abstractionism allow him to move easily between the worlds of hard-edge abstract painting, geometry, computer programming and aboriginal symbolism.

K-M states, “I see my paintings as contemporary pictographs and abstract icons of energetic fields.” Colouring presents 35 paintings from the past two years, all square, 24 x 24 inches in size, using stain and acrylic on plywood. As Eric McLuhan writes in a catalogue essay, “They have been forged with geometric precision and they resonate with the probing explorations of the Op Artists.”

K-M has curated five international digital print exhibitions of and is co-founder of the Digitalis Digital Art Society. Since the mid-90s he has taught courses in creative process, media literacy, and interactive software. In 2006 he returned to painting full time. He will present a talk about his work entitled Where Does Art Come From? on Saturday, September 18, 2-4 pm, at the Baron Gallery in Gastown, Vancouver.

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Mia Johnson

















James K-M, Angel’s Tread

James K-M, Angel’s Tread (2007), stain and acrylic on plywood [Baron Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Nov 29]


 Mon, Oct 4, 2010