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  James Nelson
January 6 - February 12, 2005
 

James Nelson's intensely detailed drawings are created on handmade Japanese and Chinese papers. He covers each sheet with small, soft graphite marks and patches of various shades that form irregular organic networks. Each piece is the result of a meditative process: Nelson stares at the paper and considers the patterns and textures that emerge in the gampi and kozo fibers. He follows them carefully while drawing, yet allows for spontaneous deviations as the completed sections accumulate and meander naturally. Despite the abundant visual information, Nelson always maintains a delicate sense of overall balance and integration. He never allows the densely drawn areas to coalesce enough to imply a figure/ground relationship, a fixed interpretation or a sense of precise representation. While the drawings may fleetingly suggest natural forms ranging from the microscopic to the geologic, the viewer ultimately understands the contemplative side of Nelson's mark-making. The very act of viewing is emphasized as one's gaze wanders from passage to passage, registering the minute information and taking pleasure in its expansiveness.
 
 
Untitled, 2002
Graphite on Japanese paper
39 x 24 1/2 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
38 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
39 x 25 inches
 
Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
38 3/4 x 25 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
9 7/8 x 6 1/8 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches
 
Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
10 x 6 1/4 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
10 x 6 1/4 inches

Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
9 3/4 x 6 3/8 inches
 
Untitled, 2001
Graphite on Japanese paper
9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
10 x 6 1/4 inches
 
Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
6 x 5 1/4 inches

Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
6 1/4 x 5 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
6 1/8 x 5 inches
 
Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
6 1/4 x 5 inches

Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Japanese paper
6 1/4 x 5 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
 
Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 3/4 x 3 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Chinese paper
3 1/2 x 3 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 1/2 x 3 inches
 
Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Chinese paper
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 x 2 1/2 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
 
Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 3/4 x 3 1/8 inches

Untitled, 2003
Graphite on Chinese paper
3 1/2 x 3 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches
 
Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Chinese paper
3 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches

Untitled, 2004
Graphite on Japanese paper
3 x 2 1/2 inches
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