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Gareth James

American Fine Arts

Origami may seem a funny way to “articulate the persistence of the logic of capitalist property relations in the visual,” but Gareth James’s working concept here is topology, and what better way to visualize nonlinear space-times than via the fold? James folds paper in order to depict a world that operates through the managed undermining of fixed identities and once-stable borders. The topological fold—for James, a sort of upgraded analytical cubism—is also a means of deconstructing a received picture of the world in order to elaborate approaches equal to the conditions under which the artist lives and works. It is a creative and critical weapon, allowing material and concept to become, once again, mutually contaminated. James’s so-called origami is, then, a provisional, unapologetically formalist way to reanimate abstract thought in the space of the gallery.

The show’s title, “Get Real

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