Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce HIGH SPEED DRAWINGS, an exhibition of recent, large-scale works on paper by James Nares on view September 10 – October 25, 2014 at 293 Tenth Avenue, New York. HIGH SPEED DRAWINGS demonstrates Nares’ masterful ability to capture precise moments in time and extend them through visual representation. In his new body of work, Nares introduces a new technique, using Chinese ink on paper to create rippling lines of various widths.
In a similar fashion to his Brushstroke paintings and ROAD PAINT series, Nares re-appropriates mechanical tools to create his artworks. He utilizes a spinning steel drum, powered by a motor. As the drum, with paper fastened to it, rotates, the artist draws lines of ink using paintbrushes he has created specifically for this body of work. As a result of the spinning drum and the artist’s precise movements, each band takes its own form. Nares’ artworks showcase his exploration on the subject of movement; some drawings he creates with one steady line, others from a continuously repeating stroke, but all manifest a careful choreography of spontaneity and control.
James Nares was born in London in 1953 and currently lives and works in New York. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. His film STREET was the centerpiece of an exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. STREET was also exhibited at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2014); Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT (2014); Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE (2014); North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC (2014); and the Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford, CT (2013) among others. His work is included in a number of public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In Spring 2014, Rizzoli published the first monograph dedicated to James Nares’ work in all media over the last four decades.
The exhibition will coincide with Nir Hod: Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s 515 West 27th Street location, on view September 11 – October 25, 2014.