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James Bills
updated: 10/01/2012
website: www.jamesbills.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Class Warfare II
Democratic Tsunami
Republican Solar Tornado
Golden Parachutes 8x8x9
Golden Parachutes 8xRx9
Golden Parachutes 8x8xR
Golden Parachutes Rx8xR
Golden Parachutes RxRxR
Golden Parachutes 1xRxR
Golden Parachutes 1x1x0
Kaleidoscope Cylinder
1d50 Wheel Yellow Blue
1d99 Alexandrite
Radiating Cylinder Yellow Profile
Radiating Cylinder Blue
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, diagrammatic, geometric, architecture
 
 
Class Warfare II by James Bills
Class Warfare II
Pencil and charcoal on paper
2012
30 " x  40 " 
Democratic Tsunami by James Bills
Democratic Tsunami
Pencil on paper
2012
30" x  40" 
Republican Solar Tornado by James Bills
Republican Solar Tornado
Pencil on paper
2012
30" x  40" 
Golden Parachutes 8x8x9 by James Bills
Golden Parachutes 8x8x9
composition gold leaf & colored pencil on paper
2009
30 " x  40 " 
Golden Parachutes 8xRx9 by James Bills
Golden Parachutes 8xRx9
Composition gold leaf & pencil on paper
2010
30" x  40" 
Golden Parachutes 8x8xR by James Bills
Golden Parachutes 8x8xR
composition gold leaf & colored pencil on paper
2009
30" x  40" 
Golden Parachutes Rx8xR by James Bills
Golden Parachutes Rx8xR
Composition gold leaf & pencil on paper
2011
30" x  40" 
Golden Parachutes RxRxR by James Bills
Golden Parachutes RxRxR
composition gold leaf & colored pencil on paper
2009
30" x  40" 
Golden Parachutes 1xRxR by James Bills
Golden Parachutes 1xRxR
Composition gold leaf & pencil on paper
2010
30" x  40" 
Golden Parachutes 1x1x0 by James Bills
Golden Parachutes 1x1x0
composition gold leaf & pencil on paper
2009
30" x  40" 
Kaleidoscope Cylinder by James Bills
Kaleidoscope Cylinder
aluminum leaf & colored pencil on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
1d50 Wheel Yellow Blue by James Bills
1d50 Wheel Yellow Blue
composition gold leaf & colored pencil on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
1d99 Alexandrite by James Bills
1d99 Alexandrite
colored pencil on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
Radiating Cylinder Yellow Profile by James Bills
Radiating Cylinder Yellow Profile
white gold leaf & colored pencil on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
Radiating Cylinder Blue by James Bills
Radiating Cylinder Blue
aluminum leaf & colored pencil on paper
2007
19" x  24" 

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by mathematics and all its charts, graphs and diagrams used to describe our everyday reality.  Math is often considered a hidden logic fundamental to our world and a tool to elegantly solve many problems.  Yet there are contradictions that undermine this view and in fact, mathematicians in the last century have proved that their field does not have a formal logical foundation.  I often think of math as a set of abstract concepts which can be inconsistently selected or discarded according to the purpose at hand, a kind of creative process where the end sometimes justifies the means.

My recent series, Golden Parachutes, are charts alluding to the recession. Our economy is a system filled with both random actions as well as intentional manipulations, and we predict its gains or losses with mathematics and other sciences. I asked myself if there was a graph which could characterize this flux between order and randomness, what would it look like it? Using a system of dice rolls, randomly generated data and architectural drafting techniques, the drawings present variations of a system that display order, chaos, transparency, and manipulation. You can see a system at work, but you can’t easily explain how or why.

Artist Bio / CV

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012
"Speakers," October 2012, 111 Front Street Galleries, Brooklyn (DUMBO), NY

2011

"Golden Parachutes and Tin Handcuffs," March 2011, Yes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Bronx Calling, 1st AIM Biennial," Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (pending)

 "Taking Shape," curated by Christopher Schade and Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Standpipe Gallery, New York, NY

 

2010

“Two Sheets Eight Pages,” Possible Projects, Brooklyn, NY

“Glide,” Yes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"NURTUREArt Benefit," curated by Dan Cameron, Ceci Moss, Jane Panetta and Krista Saunders, ZeiherSmith Gallery, New York, NY

 

 2006

"AFTER_work," C3: Gallery, Pompei AD, New York, NY

"Baby in the Corner: Second Trimester," Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY 

 

2005

"Systematic," Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

"Transubstantiation," Morsel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

 

1999

All Media Juried Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, juried by Eleanor Heartney, Arlington, VA 

 

1998

"13@2," Annual Juried Exhibition, Fells Point Creative Alliance, curated by Nancy Batty Miller, Studio 302, Baltimore, MD

"The All-Consuming Evil in Cosmetics," Installation at School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD 

 

1997

"Disclosure," group exhibit curated by Laura Drugal, Metropol Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD 

 

1995

"Resolutions," Triangle Artists Group Exhibition, DC Arts Center, Washington, DC   

 

EDUCATION

 

1999

MFA, Mount Royal Graduate Program, Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) 

 

1994

BA, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY