James Shefik

POLITICS: Holding the Line

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.

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.

We are pleased to present this virtual Gallery for the 2020 group show POLITICS: HOLDING THE LINE. To purchase artworks, please contact the artist directly.

James Shefik
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