LINDA JANE JAMES: INDEFINITY
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Until Mon 6 May
Former management consultant Linda Jane James is introducing a new postmodernist exhibition called Indefinity. The exhibition will feature day and night variations of the artwork: while daylight will highlight particular spots of compositions, during the dark LED lights will produce mysterious and mesmerizing visuals.
This exhibition, which has been produced over the last year, is all about a chaotic and joy-filled composition of colours and shapes. James is not only playing with bright, neon colours, but also combines various materials and ideas to embody the coexistence of valuables and worthlessness. Her work distinguishes itself as a chaotic and colourful mess consisting of discarded and unvalued materials – whether that is written notes, paper fragments or plastic pieces. The artist treasures the state of ‘lying-aroundness’ – worthless, undervalued and not yet recycled things that people discard – once saying, “I value things that people throw away; I think there is a potential in more things than people realize.” Hence, James is up for rescuing these abandoned bits and pieces to create something fulfilling and meaningful. Through this artwork, she transforms and gives meaning to these bits.
Indefinity is an opportunity to interpret imageries incorporated within the mixture of different colour shades and silhouettes. Compositions are rich with shapes and subtle lines as well as various subjects and patterns creating this harmonious whole. Often, art tends to generate various ideas and values for us to assign meaning to and create stories with heads but here, Linda breaks down this stereotype; she does not create characters or narrative ideas, yet gives value to every piece of material used in her artwork.
As a former management specialist, James utilizes skills acquired in accountancy and management to create her art pieces. She immerses herself into a chaotic environment and a complexity in order to collide juxtapositions, look for innovations, as well as explore simplicity and integrate it with more intricate and complex pieces.
words Rimante Bivainyte
Admission: free. Info: 01970 621903 / www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk