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About James K-M (Bio written by Carol Sill)
James K-M can be contacted at: electric(at)telus(dot)net
Vancouver artist James K-M’s prolific recent work is abstract, geometric and metaphysical. Since returning to painting in 2006, his solo exhibitions include Colouring (Baron Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010), Free Rain Mural (Edmonton, Alberta, 2009), and Cave Paintings (Simon Fraser University Teck Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2008, the Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar, BC, 2007), and Sefirot (Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2012), with work in recent group exhibitions Paleofuturity (Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, Ont., 2011), Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art (Baron Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010), Los Artistas Magos, (Council Of Fine Arts, Camagüey, Cuba, 2009/10), The Geometry of Knowing (Audain Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2015) and The Pull of Repetition (North View Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2016).
An accomplished presenter, K-M has given artist talks and panels at Simon Fraser University, the Baron Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), Camagüey Council of Fine Arts (Cuba), and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Montreal and Amsterdam). In 2012 K-M was artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut. In 2013, following a trip to Mexico City, he turned to sculpture.
Between 1991 and 2006, K-M created digital paintings and exhibited innovative interactive works worldwide. Digital explorations were a natural progression from K-M’s established earlier foundation: abstract geometric paintings on canvas or wood, whose exhibition had received critical review in c Magazine, Vanguard, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Issue Magazine. K-M was nominated Bravo TV Digital Artist of the Year (1997) and went on to curate five annual digital print exhibitions, and co-found the Digitalis Digital Art Society (2001-2005). An inspiring educator, K-M taught creative process, media literacy and digital media production at the Vancouver Film School, Langara College and the Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound (CDIS). James K-M lives in Vancouver, B.C. and has been painting and exhibiting in Canada and internationally since 1978.
And how does this art of decoration differ from the tattoo? Or is this the etymology of tattooing? Of course the paint makes it possible to see the bones as sculptural artifacts instead of as old bones once living. They have new life as retrieved clichés–now archetypal.
Eric McLuhan, 2012
With an economy of means, relatively simple geometric patterns painted with acrylics and stain on plywood, K-M has been working through permutations of a code whose implications could be apocalyptic.
Michael Davidge, Director, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, 2011
The fact that the artist doesn’t appear to know or is not interested in reading about the meanings of symbols and the pre-existing conventions of certain anthropological and mythological characteristics of the geometric and numerical expressions perceived in his works doesn’t mean that his perceptions are not valid. Many of these perceptions show that James’ abstract painting is directly linked to the ideographical and esoteric tribal arts, for magical and metaphysical symbols live within it.
Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas, Camagüey, Cuba, 2009
Out of extremely objective systemization comes extreme subjectivity.
Bill Jeffries, Director, Simon Fraser University Gallery, 2008
Geometry of Knowing, Part 4: YOU ARE HERE
Audain Gallery, Vancouver, BC
March 19 – 28, 2015
Photo: Rosie Sill
Eduardo Chillida sculpture, Madrid, November, 2013
Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, January, 2013
East Meets West: The Pataphysical Paintings of James K-M and Synn Kune Loh
at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, Vancouver, BC
September 14 – October 6, 2013
Photo: Bryan Melvin
Sefirot at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC
December 6, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Artist-in-Residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Connecticut
Desk and paintings by Josef Albers
Paleofuturity at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, Ontario, April, 2011
Colouring at the Baron Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010
Camagüey, Cuba, December, 2009
Photo: Ron Snider
Candle lighting for Day of the Dead in Colon, Cuba, midnight, November 2, 2009
Cave Paintings, Simon Fraser University Teck Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2008
Cave Paintings, Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar, BC, 2007
Digitalis: Patterns, Vancouver, BC, 2005
Digitalis: Ethno Techno, Vancouver, BC, 2004
Electric Painting, Ex-Centris Complex, Montréal, Québec, 1999
Paintings/Drawings, Unit/Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 1983