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James Gallagher

James Gallagher

 
 
 

ABOUT JAMES GALLAGHER

 

 I sit at a large wooden table and piece together fragments of the world around me. My goal is to capture a fleeting moment and examine its beauty, ugliness, solitude and desire. Using found photographic imagery I investigate the human form by constructing scenes that deal with personal space, physical relationships and secret behavior. My focus turns away from personal identities, and towards the subtleties of gesture, tension, and intimacy. My story lines are hidden inside of enigmatic situations taken from shreds of my experiences in New York City. I collect my source materials from such places as recycled vintage books, sex manuals, clothing catalogs and anything else that can be folded into my world. With a combination of calculated moves, and unrehearsed accidents, my scraps find each other and solidify. The forms come together rapidly since my impatient style is to grab materials within reach and manipulate with quick bursts of cutting and pasting. This spontaneous process often generates raw, emotional images that I feel excited and personally moved by. Ultimately I hope to capture something that feels natural (or unnatural) and then leave it up to the viewer to decide its significance.  

 
 

James Gallagher uses collage to investigate human form and personal identity. Piecing together images cut from found material, old books, National Geographic, and the occasional sex manual, Gallagher creates intimate scenes that are both personal and moving.

James Gallaghers art has been shown in galleries all over the world. His images can be seen in magazines, newspapers and books, and have appeared on street apparel, pillowcases and tea towels. Gallagher has produced work for Arkitip, Stussy, Undefeated, J&L Books, Nerve.com, and Virgin Mobile. His art has been featured in American Illustration, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, and numerous Die Gestallen Publications.

Born and raised in Michigan, Gallagher moved to New York to attend The School of Visual Arts were he studied Illustration and Graphic Design. In addition to creating art, Gallagher is a Creative Director and resides in Brooklyn with his wife, two sons, and a brand new baby girl.

 
 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & ACCOLADES

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Prolonging the Ecstasy / CO2 Gallery / Rome, Italy / 12-2011 
  • Frequent Fits / Pawn Works Gallery / Chicago, IL / 10-2011 
  • Everybody Else / Jolie Laide Gallery / Philadelphia, PA / 09-2011
  • What’s Your Pleasure? / Pool Gallery / Berlin, Germany / 03-2008
  • Another Reputation Ruined / Third Drawer Down Gallery / Melbourne, Australia / 05-2007

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

  • Secret Behavior Issue 02/ New York Art Book Fair / MoMA PS1 / Queens, NY / 09-2014
  • Secret Behavior Issue 01/ LA Art Book Fair / MOCA / Los Angeles, CA / 01-2014
  • Secret Behavior Issue 01/ New York Art Book Fair / MoMA PS1 / Queens, NY / 09-2013
  • Cutters/Edges: Exhibition of International Collage/ Gestalten Space / Berlin, Germany / 04-2011 
  • Cutters/Cork: Exhibition of International Collage / West Cork Arts Centre / Cork, Ireland / 02-2011
  • Cutters/2010: Exhibition of International Collage/ Pool Gallery / Berlin, Germany / 05-2010
  • Cutters: Exhibition of International Collage / Cinders Gallery / Brooklyn, NY / 10-2009

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Weird International Collage Show / La Atómica / Valladolid, Spain / 04-2016
  • Weird International Collage Show / Me & the Curiosity / Barcelona, Spain / 02-2016
  • Her First Meteorite Vol 2 / Rose Gallery / Santa Monica, CA / 12-2015
  • CoolAge / Counter Culture Arts Collective / Saginaw, MI / 10-2015
  • Her First Meteorite / Rose Gallery / Santa Monica, CA / 09-2015
  • Anna Loog / Gallery NavArt / Sint-Niklaas, Belgium / 09-2015 
  • Rien Que Pour Vos Yeux / For Your Eyes Only / Rose Gallery / Santa Monica, CA / 12-2014 
  • Stick With Me / Brooklyn Artery / Governors Island, NY / 08-2014 
  • Cinder's Decade of Decadunce / Dossier Outpost / New York, NY / 07-2014
  • Mysterium Cosmographicum / Stephen Romano Gallery / Brooklyn, NY / 06-2014 
  • Micro Salon #4 / L'Inlassable Galerie / Paris, France / 05-2014 
  • Weird International Collage Show / Invisible Dog Gallery / Brooklyn, NY / 04-2014 
  • Move 22 / & Pens Press / San Francisco, CA / 03-2014
  • The Age of Collage / Gestalten Space / Berlin, Germany / 10-2013
  • Weird International Collage Show / La Piola / Madrid, Spain / 10-2013
  • Lovers / Upon Paper Space / Berlin, Germany / 05-2013
  • Weird International Collage Show / Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo / San José, Costa Rica / 03-2013
  • The Vital Illusion / The Month of Photography / Vertigo Art Space / Denver, CO / 03-2013
  • Weird International Collage Show / Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Quito / Quito, Equador / 02-2013
  • Casheesh / Brian Morris Gallery / New York, NY / 01-2013
  • A Binder Full Of Collages / Frosch & Portmann / New York, NY / 12-2012
  • Secrets / Plug Projects / Kansas City, MO / 11-2012
  • Weird International Collage Show / Domingo [ Laboratorio Creativo ] / Lima, Peru / 10-2012 
  • Permanent Collection / Nancy Margolis Gallery / New York, NY / 06-2012
  • Collide To Reunite / 7S Gallery / Zandhoven, Belgium / 06-2012
  • Mirage Show / Brooklyn FireProof / Brooklyn, NY / 04-2012 
  • Sexposition / L'Inlassable Galerie / Paris, France / 02-2012 
  • Move (Look Into It - If You Know How) / New Image Art / Los Angeles, CA / 01-2012 
  • Meaning to Glue: A Collage Invitational / Nightingale Gallery / Eastern Oregon University / La Grande, OR / 01-2012 
  • SLASH: An International Survey of Contemporary Collage / CES/FA Gallery / Laguna Beach, CA / 11-2011 
  • Salon Zürcher Paris / Jolie Laide @ Galerie Zürcher / Paris, France / 10-2011
  • All That Remains / Ugly Art Room @ Picture Farm / Brooklyn, NY / 10-2011 
  • Weird International Collage Show / Opperclaes Gallery / Rotterdam, The Netherlands / 08-2011 
  • Twin Infinities / Nomad Art Gallery / Los Angeles, CA / 07-2011 
  • Weird International Collage Show / GLORIA Art Space / Madrid, Spain / 03-2011 
  • Vestigial / The National Arts Club / New York, NY / 03-2011
  • Too Close for Comfort / Jolie Laide Gallery / Philadelphia, PA / 09-2010 
  • Move: Some People I Met… / Space 1026 / Philadelphia, PA / 06-2010 
  • Happily Unhappy / Blanc Compound / Mandaluyong City, Philippines / 01-2010
  • NADA Art Basil / Miami, FL / 11-2009
  • Move 19 / Fifty 24SF Gallery / San Francisco, CA / 09-2009
  • Dime Bag 3 / Giant Robot / New York, NY / 08-2009
  • Rites de Passage / SCHUNCK Glaspaleis / Heerlen, The Netherlands / 06-2009
  • Scope Basel / Basel, Switzerland / 06-2009
  • 15th Anniversary Show / New Image Art / Los Angeles, CA / 01-2009
  • First, Second Last / RISD Illustration Gallery / Providence, RI / 11-2008
  • ART.FAIR 21 / Cologne, Germany / 10-2008
  • Portrait / Hallway Bathroom Gallery / San Francisco, CA / 10-2008
  • It’s Nice That / The Viewpoint Gallery / Devon, England / 09-2008
  • Panorama Project 3 / Jonathan LeVine Gallery / New York, NY / 09-2008
  • Move 16: Until We Meet Again... / Nog Gallery / London, England / 06-2008
  • Arte Bogota 08 / Esto No Es Una Galeria / Bogota, Colombia / 05-2008
  • Illusive / PageOne / VivoCity, Singapore / 05-2007
  • Paper Chase / Guestroom Gallery / Portland, WA / 03-2007
  • The Stable / OKOK Gallery / Seattle, WA / 03-2007
  • Move 15: These Bagels Are Gnarley / Cinders Gallery / Brooklyn, NY / 01-2007
  • J&L Books Show / Marcia Woods Gallery / Atlanta, GA / 12-2006
  • Salon Show / Third Drawer Down Gallery / Melbourne, Australia / 12-2006
  • A Piece Apart / Aidan Savoy Gallery / New York, NY / 11-2006
  • If You Want To Hear Something Just Yell / Gallery Neurotitan / Berlin, Germany / 11-2006
  • The Tactless Project / Area Gallery / Melbourne, Australia / 07-2006
  • Grand Union / The Front Room / Brooklyn, NY / 04-2006 
  • Mystery Meat / Future Prospects / Quezon City, Philippines / 10-2005
  • Enjoy By / Project:Gallery / Los Angeles, CA / 10-2005
  • Paper Awesome / Pigman Gallery / San Francisco, CA / 09-2005
  • Move 13 / Clementine Gallery / New York, NY / 03-2005
  • Move 11 / 96 Gillespie / London, England / 11-2004
  • Incidental Contact / CPop / Detroit, MI / 05-2004
  • Artist Network / RVCA / Costa Mesa, CA / 01-2004
  • Lead Poisoning / New Image Art / Los Angeles, CA / 07-2003
  • Seen Through / BLK/MRKT / Los Angeles, CA / 06-2003
  • Crazy Bastard / New Image Art / Los Angeles, CA / 04-2003
  • Assembly / The Front Room / Brooklyn, NY / 03-2003
  • Move Brooklyn / Chance Operations / Denver, CO / 12-2002
  • Dime Bag / New Image Art / Los Angeles, CA / 06-2002
  • Panorama / 69A / San Francisco, CA / 02-2002
  • Move 8 / New Image Art / Los Angeles, CA / 01-2002
  • Exquisite Day / Plus Ultra / Brooklyn, NY / 11-2001
  • Move 6 / One Pixel / Philadelphia, PA / 12-2000
  • Move 5 / Bergemont Station / Los Angeles, CA / 02-2000
  • Move 4 / PS122 / New York, NY / 01-2000

PERMANENT COLLECTION

  • Rochester Museum of Fine Art / Rochester, NH / 02-2012 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

SOURCE

http://www.gallagherstudio.net/
https://www.saatchiart.com/JamesGallagher

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