Jolie Laide Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Philadelphia for New York-based collage artist James Gallagher. This gathering of very recent works (mostly from 2011) operates in the space between the unintentional artifacts of the studio and the deliberately cut and pasted images Gallagher’s been honing for ten years. In light of the abundance of digitally driven and overly produced images surrounding us, something about the apparent quickness in the practice, in the turnover of cut paper – to ground – to wall encouraged the curatorial posture of embracing the studio/ gallery bond. Within this initial frame, an idea of portraiture holds the selected works together in an attempt to name what Gallagher can tell us about the individual, ourselves – and everybody else.
Eileen Neff, Curator
Gallagher’s art has been shown in galleries around the world. He has recently curated a series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary collage entitled Cutters (Brooklyn, New York 2009, Berlin, Germany 2010, and Cork, Ireland 2011) and has edited a related book published by Gestalten entitled Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage. Gallagher’s art has been featured in magazines such as Arkitip, Juxtapoz, Elephant, Cent, NYArts, Twill and Lines & Shapes. His images have appeared in numerous books, including American Illustration, Communication Arts, and a variety of Die Gestalten Publications. The Italian independent publisher Cura.Books is set to release a limited artist book to coincide with a solo exhibition at CO2 Gallery in Rome, late 2011. In addition, the street wear company Stussy will launch a series of StussyxJamesGallagher tee shirts as well as a video profile early 2012.
Gallagher earned a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. In addition to creating art, Gallagher is a Creative Director for a Marketing Firm and an Instructor at Parsons the New School for Design. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three kids.
Showing until October 8
Jolie Laide Gallery