Galleria Patricia Armocida is proud to present Secret Garden, the first solo exhibition in Italy by Todd James, opening on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
For this occasion, the artist created seven large-scale acrylic on canvas paintings and eight medium and smallscale gouache on paper paintings. For his first Italian solo exhibition, James toes the thin line between erotic and ironic, capturing his Junoesque and voluptuous women during their private, secret moments taking place behind closed doors.
Freely, together with their cats, they read, drink tea, practice yoga, smoke cigarettes, and relax: fragments of quotidian life that unfold daily behind the scenes. Bold colors, bright hues, and fluid body shapes communicate and meld with details of interior spaces, creating a fresh perspectival and spatial perception. This moment of relaxation is also depicted in Todd James’ other characteristic and iconic subject: Somali Pirates. For the artist, they are portraits of men taking a break from their work. His gaze, void of judgment, falls upon these moments of rest before the men take up their secondhand weapons again to attack towering cargo ships from their tiny boats.
These figures address David and Goliath themes of survival, ownership, and ingenuity. Sharp and rough glimpses, instants of everyday life, private microcosms into which we are secretly invited to enter.
Todd James a.k.a. REAS (New York, 1969) is an internationally recognized artist who began his career as a child painting in the New York City subway system. He is a co-creator of the seminal Street Market exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York, which was selected for the Venice Biennale in 2001. James' work has also been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Tate Museum in Liverpool, the Parco Gallery in Tokyo, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Collette in Paris, Lopez Galleria in Madrid, Lazarides Gallery in London.
His most recent solo exhibitions: Secret Garden, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy, 2014; Supernatural, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, USA, 2014; Business as Usual, Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid, Spain, 2013; Free to be You & Me, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012; Yield to Temptation, Nazuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan, 2012; King of the Wild Frontier, Gering and Lopez, New York, USA, 2011. Todd James lives and works in New York City.