Autobody Gallery and Studios: To Rule The World by JAMES SHEFIK


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Opening Reception: SATURDAY, September 2nd | 6-9PM 

2nd Friday Artwalk: FRIDAY, September 8th | 6-9PM 
Closing Reception: SATURDAY, September 30th | 6-9PM

James Shefik is a multi-media conceptual artist. He hand fabricates and recreates objects in order to highlight the lucrative political chaos of the early 21st century. This exhibition includes his latest work in the form of large photographic prints of carefully arranged scenes using everyday (and often-times unexpected) objects, as well as his sculptures and early drawings. 

  photographic print, 2016

"My recent work is inspired in part by the political and cultural climate that was created in the West to justify pre-emptive war on the sovereign nation of Iraq in 2003. I am also intrigued by the question of where the overall responsibility for violence in our society lies." 

Artist Statement

"I am naturally a sensitive, curious, pessimist. Human behavior fascinates me, and while we have many positive traits, my work tends to highlight our weaknesses. I like to pervert subjects and materials. I do this with common everyday objects (chair, matches, gun) , in varying dimensions, media and numbers. The object's finish is kept minimal, realistic yet obsessively detailed to focus a viewers interest and attention. 
Another aspect of the laborious quality of each piece is a rebuttal to the digital instant gratification, short attention span landscape that pervades the early 21st century." 

pencil on paper

Unauthorized Access
wall sculpture
White Man's Burden
(... To run the world)
wall sculpture