Tag: Yellena James

The Scoop on Immerse by Yellena James

We asked Yellena to tell us a little more about her biggest piece, Immerse, in her current show up in Gallery Hijinks. If you’ve followed James’ work, this piece is a huge accomplishment and shift in regards to her past work that has been smaller in size and slightly different in color palette. Read below to see her description of the process she went through to create it.

 

“I worked on this piece for two years, off and on.  It is done with fine-tipped pens, inks and gouaches on 58″ x 42″ watercolor paper which has been mounted on birch wood panel and cradled with 3” maple.  I wanted to challenge myself to see how my work  translates into a larger format.  It started like all of my other works, without any planning or sketching.  i drew the first element, the round object on the bottom right, and then intuitively developed more forms around it.  Line after line, the objects were starting to come together.  I wanted this peice to be intriguing from afar and mesmerizing when examined up close.  The details turn to shades when observed from a distance, but when viewed from up close the viewer gets lost in the sea of little details that form this piece.  Immerse had to be finished in stages.  I would work on one area and then slowly move to another.  The very last element I added was the black branch in the bottom right corner.  I worked on this piece for so long that, when I look at it now, I discover new things that even I’ve forgot about.  When I work, I feel like I am not fully aware of the marks I leave and after I am done with a piece there is a moment of introduction where I take in everything as a whole rather than as parts.  It was a very magical moment for me when I realized Immerse was finally finished.  It had been presented before at my “Zoetic” exhibit at the Giant Robot in LA, but I kept feeling like it wasn’t quite there yet.  Now I feel all of the elements are exactly where I want them to be.  It’s very hard to capture this image in photographs.  The size of it adds so much to its beauty, and even though it is a pretty large piece, I didin’t shy away from adding in tiny details throughout.  Hanging it at the Hijinks Gallery I kept discovering little jewels that I had hidden within the design, and I hope that whoever winds up owning it experiences this same feeling of marvel & unending discovery for a long time to come.”

Pictures from Instill by Yellena James

If you haven’t come by yet to check out Yellena’s show…you’re really missing out. Here are some teasers of the installation and opening night to give you some incentive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#InstillHijinks Instagram Contest

photo credit @eylassie

In honor of Yellena James second exhibition titled Instill we’re throwing a photo contest. Win a framed, resin coated, print from the artist!

Here are the rules:

1. Be creative with your photographs.

2. The photo must be related to Yellena Jame’s solo exhibition, Instill.

3. Hashtag your Instagram photo with #instillhijinks.

We will announce the winner here on the blog at the closing of the exhibition, June 30th.

Yellena James in the San Francisco Chronicle!

Swing by the gallery for the opening of  Yellena James’ show Instill this Saturday 6-10pm!

Yellena James on Cart Before the Horse

Check out Cart Before the Horse Tuesday artist, Yellena James!

http://thecartbeforethehorse.blogspot.com/2012/05/tuesdays-artist-yellena-james.html

Yellena James

 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.

 

 

The Letter Collector Teaser

We proudly  present The Letter Collector, and exhibition of over 50 artists. This massive group show is based on our common love of type and script. The viewer will experience an assortment of letters expressed through a range of mediums: drawing, painting, photography, neon, sculpture, video and mixed media. Please join us for the opening reception this Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 6-10pm at Gallery Hijinks!

Exhibiting artists include: Aaron Bo Heimlich, Alexandra ZeeAndrea Wan, Andrew Johnson, Andrew McCintockAustin McManusBeau StantonCasey GrayCatherine Ryan, Chris BlackstockChristian Rex Van MinnenChristopher DavisonClaire Colette, Cora Lanzisero, Damon MacGregor, David BayusDenise SantillanDustin KlienEli HarrisEric HelveErik OttoErik ParaFernando PizarroHannah StoufferJakub KalousekJason VivonaJing WeiJon Contino, Kyle Jorgensen, Lafe Eaves, Lisa CongdonLouise ChenMark Warren JacquesMatthew ReamerMeryl PatakyMike GiantMolly BosleyMorgan BlairNas ChompasPakayla BiehnTimothy KarpinskiRich PellegrinoRobert MinerviniRosie HannaRussell LengRyan De La HozRyan Riss, Sarah Patterson, Sean Somers, Seth NeefusShea Greene, Tanya Behar, Uri Korn, Whitney Lasker, Viktor Layne, and Yellena James.



The Letter Collector

the letter collector

March 5th- March 27th, 2011

Opening Reception: March 5, 2011 from 6-10pm

With over 50 artists from across North America, Gallery Hijinks is proud to present The Letter Collector. This exhibition aims to simulate the distinctive styles, shapes, and mediums of an antique collection of letterpress type, in the form of contemporary art. Please join us for the opening reception on March 5th, 2011, from 6-10pm.

The Letter Collector is curated with the intention to exhibit both emerging and established artists in one massive group show based on the common love of type and script. Stemming from immensely different backgrounds, each artist creates their unique translation of a letter in the alphabet. The viewer will experience an assortment of letters expressed through a range of mediums: drawing, painting, photography, neon, wood, relief sculpture, and mixed media.

Exhibiting artists include: Aaron Bo Heimlich, Alexandra ZeeAndrea Wan, Andrew Johnson, Austin McManusBeau StantonCasey GrayCatherine Ryan, Chris BlackstockChristian Rex Van MinnenChristopher DavisonClaire Colette, Damon MacGregor, David BayusDenise SantillanDustin KlienEli HarrisEric HelveErik OttoFernando PizarroHannah StoufferJakub KalousekJason VivonaJing WeiJon Contino, Kyle Jorgensen, Lafe Eaves, Lisa CongdonLouise ChenMark Warren JacquesMatthew ReamerMeryl PatakyMike GiantMolly BosleyMorgan BlairNas ChompasPakayla BiehnTimothy KarpinskiRich PellegrinoRobert MinerviniRosie HannaRussell LengRyan De La HozRyan Riss, Sarah Patterson, Sean Somers, Seth NeefusShea Greene, Tanya Behar, Uri Korn, Whitney Lasker, Whitney McCabe, Viktor Layne, and Yellena James.


The Letter Collector will be on display from March 5th, 2011 until March 26th, 2011, and is open to the public during gallery hours (11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday).

Curbs & Stoops & Yellena James

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“Yellena James typically works on a small, intimate scale. She mentioned to me moths ago that she wanted to do something on a large scale for her upcoming show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco, but I had no idea how far she would run with the idea. Last week I had the distinct pleasure of visiting her home studio to see the new work before it was packed up to head to the Bay. I knew I was in for a treat, but when I walked into the studio my breath was taken away. On the wall was an unstretched canvas several feet wide. Possessing all the grace, balance and intricacy of her smaller work, Yellena’s large painting has a commanding, audacious presence. Yellena’s husband Andrew was kind enough to find me a chair so I could sit in front of it and soak in its presence for awhile. I’ve known Yellena since 2008, when she had a solo show, “Stasis,” at the gallery I curated for in Eugene. It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch her grow and explore and to see that her get the love and recognition her talent deserves. The fact that she was able to leap from drawing on a small scale to a painting of this size and make it look so easy is a testament to Yellena’s natural talent. She was nice enough to send us an exclusive studio shot of her working on the painting.” Read more here.

Much love to Curbs & Stoops for the wonderful words. You guys rock!

Up Close & Personal: Works by Yellena James

Yellena James surprised everyone when she showed up with a 95″ x 52″ acrylic on canvas painting to San Francisco for her most recent exhibition Biosynthesis. We’ve joked that this piece gave her carpal tunnel syndrome, but the truth is that her dedication and attention to detail at this scale is a real step up in her artistic career. If you’ve come into the gallery this month you know the extent of the piece and the sheer labor that goes into her work. For those who might not get the chance to see her work in person, here are some detail shots of Strike as well of some others from her collection. Click on image to get up close and personal.

Detail shot of StrikeDetail shots of Strike

Detail shot of Strike

Detail shot of Strike

Detail shot of Strike

Detail shot of Strike

Detail shot of Strike

Detail shot of Strike

Detail shot of Particle

detail shot of Particle

Detail shot of Synthesis

Synthesis

Detail shots of Prefix

Prefix

prefix

Detail shot of Range

Range

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