James Cullinane's drawings, collages, paintings and installations employ a wide range of materials as symbols, signs and marks that expressively and conceptually explore ideas related to philosophy, art history, theory and literature; time, space, physics and the human condition.
In March 2019 we visited James Cullinane in his Queens, NY studio to discover more about his past, the evolution of his work and what explorations await in the near future.
Bog Constellations is an exhibition of new ink on panel drawings by New York City artist James Cullinane that, through a process of intense meditative-like concentration and controlled breathing, express a search for form and meaning.
Portals is an exhibition of a new series of diptychs (ink and acrylic on paper on panel) by New York City artist James Cullinane that explores the philosophical experience of now.
The work of three artists in A Random Meander: James Cullinane, Nene Humphrey and Taney Roniger, like the flâneur, revel in this freedom of exploration and visual titillation created by the manipulation of systems or networks and repetition to investigate visual and conceptual space. Each artwork in the exhibition allows the viewer to follow random paths and connect the dots through unknown spaces that result in mapping of unrestricted and unfamiliar places.
James Cullinane's latest exhibition will include new mixed media paintings on panel and drawings. Cullinane layers paint, map pins and photocopies on Mylar of etchings of animal traps taken from "Camp Life & Tricks of Trapping" by Hamilton Gibson published in 1882 into poetic, metaphorical compositions that explore the process of painting and image making and the meanings of both.
This exhibition will highlight 10 new works on panel that includes collage, painting and even sculptural elements in each piece. Starting with small diagrams of ceiling vaults taken from old architectural dictionaries that are collaged, layered and reconfigured, Cullinane builds his composition with rigorous process. The optical effects that result from the process are accentuated by the addition of forms that are actually three dimensional, like map pins, sink drains and wasp’s nests. This conceptual bridge connecting implied or fictional space and physical space forms a tension that is central to Mr. Cullinane's studio practice.
For more than 10 years Mr. Cullinane has been exploring the metaphorical power and psychological significance of children's book and dictionary illustrations. Through laborious process Cullinane transforms illustration into complex, often seemingly nonsensical images that float somewhere between the figurative and non-figurative.