Check out Cart Before the Horse Tuesday artist, Yellena James!
Archives: 2012 May
Gallery Hijinks is proud to present Instill, a solo exhibition of new works and installations by Yellena James, opening June 2nd, 2012. The artist creates wild, multi-layered landscapes full of detailed design, morphing into a beautifully chaotic mess of organic structures. Gradually and slowly, drop-by-drop, Yellena James instills new imaginary elements generating their own systems and laws of coexistence.
In this body of works, Yelena introduces a vibrant color palate including pinks, turquoise blues, bright yellow-greens and purples. Her fanciful environments range from intimate pen and ink drawings on paper to larger acrylic paintings. Dense compositions of carefully selected imagery invite the viewer to closely examine the works and follow every little line, discovering something new yet strangely familiar.
Three dimensional objects made of paper and connected with brightly colored thread capture a single moment in an abstract world where all elements intertwine with each other; an expression of the artist’s creative thought process. Although her works result in a neatly tied together image, James never begins her pieces with an exact plan or a sketch. Often the works come from an instinctual and emotional sense.
James grew up in Sarajevo during the civil war. There she attended a high school dedicated to the arts and where she was connected with other like-minded artists who wanted to avoid the horrors of the outside world. This positive and creative environment allowed James to learn to immerse herself in her artwork. At the age of 18 she moved to the United States and obtained her BA in painting and graphic design at University of Central Florida. Presently, shelives and works in Portland, Oregon making art. This past year she had the privilege of creating murals on the set of director Tarsem Singh’s film Mirror Mirror.
Instill opens at Gallery Hijinks on June 2nd, 2012, with a reception from 6-10pm. The show will remain on display through the month and closes on June 30th, 2012.
Jillian and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Masako Miki. As a transplant from Japan to Berkeley, Miki explores the ideas of personal transformation in a new environment. She explores ideas of cultures evolving into multicultural entities as well as utilizing deer to symbolize the ability for human beings to adjust and adapt in new enviornments. Deer are a highly adaptable species where the loss and regrowth of their antlers displays their process of survival and ability to defend themselves in different environments and situations.
You can see her work in person at the Swarm Gallery until May 27.