INDEX Coordinator, Interior Design, School of Architecture & Design
PhD by Project, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University 2016
Bachelor of Design (Honours, Interior Design), RMIT University 2005
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, Chinese), Monash University, 1999
RESEARCH + PRACTICE
James’ creative practice research explores process-based interventions within decommissioned buildings and gallery spaces. The methodology he engages with is one of working responsively, allowing particular temporal conditions to surface within these sites and situations. The potential of these conditions are then engaged with in ways that do not seek to prescribe an outcome in advance. Sites are inhabited in time, and specific rendering techniques – such as drawing and mark making – are introduced. These situations are then reassembled through a variety of processes, with the material and the immaterial considered both individually and at the same time.
This process foregrounds duration; immersion in time as flow. It extends beyond spatial and material propositions through a consideration of time as process, time as content, and time as material.
James’ drawing and painting practice is one of mark making, marking time, making time, and time making; foregrounding duration and marking an occurrence. In this way, the processes of drawing and painting are immersed in, and expressive of, time.
Drawings, paintings and built works are all immersive processes that prioritise time as distinct from space. What was defined as a site specific and spatial practice, is now one that explores and manifests the concept of duration through a practice that is temporal, material and spatial. The marks made – whether they be on a canvas, a house, a building, or a gallery – materialise immateriality and allow the residue of particular rendering processes to be assembled as collections of materialised and spatialised time.
Recent projects and exhibitions include between two homes 2016 commissioned by Hobson’s Bay Council and presented by Blackartprojects, sighting 2016 commissioned by MCES and presented by Blackartprojects, to wonder / to wander 2016 in collaboration with Megan Cope and the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation, Mildura Arts Centre, beginning in incompleteness: works in formation 2015 at RMIT Project Space / Spare Room, wall work[ing] 7 2015 at Kings ARI and rendering the [im]material, a visual essay published in the IDEA Journal 2012. James has been the recipient of an Australia Arts Council New Work grant in 2010 and also received an Honourable Mention at the Shanghai Biennale in 2007.