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Stations

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha Nebraska

Fragments

Review Exhibition Space, Kansas City, Missouri

In 2010 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and curator Hesse McGraw commissioned Stations, a temporary installation. At its completion the components were moved to Review Exhibition Space, re-aligned and re-structured to form Fragments. Photo credits: Mike Sinclair


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Excerpt from Stations press release

James Woodfill makes sculptures, installations and public art works that often include light, sound, video or kinetic elements. Whether presented in galleries or permanently installed in quotidian public spaces such as parking lots, garages, bridges, courtyards, or self-storage facilities, Woodfill's works amplify the conditions of their surroundings and heighten our interactions with the site. By shifting our experience and memories, his works nudge neutral urban sites and gallery spaces into Places.

This shift is often imperceptible, closer to a drift, that realigns the parking lot or static white cube as a place to be. The lure is not achieved through fussy decoration or a glossy makeover but through dissolving into the place itself - his works reflect the dumbness of their environment. Woodfill never aims for the transcendent metaphor, rather he makes an endearing wager with the actual conditions of our surroundings.


The exhibition Stations is a new installation of works conceived specifically for the Bemis Center. These works extend from Woodfill's history of working in galleries and public sites and build upon an ongoing dialogue about reference points such as physical perception, architectural space, urbanism's fuzzy edges, materiality and abstraction. In early conversations about this exhibition, Woodfill claimed he was looking for the work to "hover between a constructivist painting and a fireworks
stand." Beyond melding high and low cultures, this thought merges the formal concerns of pure, systemic painting with the ad hoc, functional beauty of cobbled structures. For three decades Woodfill has improvised in his studio with an ever-expanding kit of parts. His kit includes specific materials (sign flashers, amplifiers, bulbs, motors, plywood, 2x4s, ladders, casters), reference points and formal gestures but avoids an iterative process. One never gets the sense of a predetermined outcome in his work; rather a restless freebuilding, an artist working at the act of working and reveling in the drift.

Hesse McGraw
​Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Excerpt from Fragments artist statement   

My most recent work considers issues of fragmented reference – incomplete scenarios that organically connect with adjacent mental and physical structures. I want to diversify the elements that make up the installations that I create, pushing the idea of “singularity” that was present in my earlier work to the point of dissolve, with each instant of understanding leading to a new unique moment.

Within each discrete structure, drifting intentions provide numerous starts and stops, with the boundaries loose so that a continual rhythm of shifts occurs, both perceptually and in memory. The boundaries then blur from piece to piece, forming constantly changing and drifting sets of reference and experience.

I have many starting points in my engagement with this work. I am often working with formal considerations, bringing reference to design, architecture and function into play with the idea of an ad-hoc development of the built environment, and utilizing these issues as compositional equivalents to color, form and space.

My intentions are to build an experience that prods a lateral set of memories and relationships, from personal and local to universal and global, providing a fluid set of referential encounters that mirror my experience of moving through my environment.