James Gilbert is interested in moments that have influence on our identity, whether they are subtle interpersonal gestures or larger global issues. He is fascinated by news, politics, personalities, and cultural events that co-exist at the same time, perhaps not directly inhabiting the same physical space, but colliding within the tremendous amount of information that we expose ourselves to daily. This global mash up can define a period in our personal and collective history, and an identity.
He considers each work to be documentation of current ideas and actions while also looking toward our future behavior. These works reflect the relationship between identity and privacy, social networks, 24-hour news cycles, immense obsession with celebrity and pop culture, fear, economy, and death. His work communicates his concern, social engagement, skepticism, and humor - our perviness, over-sharing recklessness, opinions, and cultural chronology.
Working across mediums he makes installations with video and sound, sculpture, drawing and performance and has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and museums in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. He is based in Los Angeles.
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