James Randell

James makes images in an effort to empty them, or bend them into furniture with others. He works from the premise that we are blinded and our lives are infiltrated by so many images now that the best response seems to be to try and re-order them. Randomly selecting, erasing, pairing serious images can undermine their power and render them whimsical. By muddling context, we can see basic images as totally a-historical, alien. Images can now be listed without end, supernaturally, in cyberspace. This storage is not wasteful in the sense of conventional, physical waste, but what are the consequences? Strange rituals (of sex, sport and war) repeat again and again, and so do the images of them. Humans don’t really learn from history. In paint, print and installation, James explores the novelty of the old image reconfigured.