“A Near Visible Past,” a solo show by CIT CCAD tutor James Hayes in New Orleans this August

18 July, 2016

“A Near Visible Past,” a solo exhibition of new art works by James L Hayes, supported by the Culture Ireland I AM IRELAND, 1916 centenary year program of International Cultural events. This is Hayes’s second solo show in New Orleans and follows Dark Lights Continued, 2011, at the Good Children Gallery.

Hayes presents a new body of work that is the culmination of ongoing research that was further developed during a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2015. Hayes’s new work reinvests a modernist sculptural language, whilst exploring aspects of the casting process as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object. This exhibition draws from Hayes’s early career experiences working in a renowned London fine art foundry, which is revisited in this exhibition in a new film work. A Near Visible Past includes a series of unique exploratory sculptural pieces alongside documentary works that draw out the often incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects.

Hayes’s broader research interests range from these contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories. Aside from sculpture as a primary medium, Hayes also creates kinetic, film and sound based installations.

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will host an opening reception on Saturday, August 13, from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will run from August 13 – September 4, 2016. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez via email at klrodri2@uno.edu or call the gallery at 504.948.6939.

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