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James Jean X Martha Otero

March 7th, 2011 by Chloe Gallagher

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Opening this Saturday, March 12th, Martha Otero Gallery will be presenting a solo show from Los Angeles based artist James Jean. In his exhibition, titled Rebus, Jean will be presenting a new body of work consisting of paintings, drawings and a wall installation. Born in Taiwan in 1979, Jean received his BFA from the School of the Visual Arts NY. His work has been featured at galleries and museums around the world including the MOMA NY, The Japanese National Museum in LA, the Riverside Art Museum and Compound in Portland, OR. In 2009 Jean had a much lauded solo show at Jonathan Levine entitled Kindling. His work has been used in a number of cross disciplinary applications, including an international campaign with Prada, and album covers, one of which got him a Grammy nomination in 2008.

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From Rebus’ press release: “The subject matter is a fictionalized subconscious representation of deities in an apocalyptic decaying romanticized setting. Jeanís visual symbolism is composed of an amalgamation of lyrically gestural, expressionistic, energetic, abstracted forms from highly detailed images to freely inscribed graffiti. ‘The solidity of the paint belies the illusory nature of the narrative: these excavations into the subconscious are fraught with the misfires, inconsistencies, and contradictions of a dream,’ James Jean. Jeanís automatistic and narrative approach is informed by popular culture derived from his comic book and illustrative mastery. His idiosyncratic language is based on references in historical and contemporary art.”

James Jean Rebus
March 12th through April 30th
Marth Otero Gallery
820 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
t. 323 951 1068

Images via Mikeshinoda.com and Arrested Motion. Check out AM’s amazing preview/installation shots here.


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