James Gilbert is a Los Angeles based artist who works across mediums creating drawings, installations with video, and performative art. These works comment on social themes including identity and anonymity in mass media. Gilbert has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and museums in the U.S. and Asia. Recent 2008 solo exhibitions include: “(Don’t) Want to be Anonymous”, Los Angeles and “I Know Everything about You and We Haven’t Met”, Dallas. “The Privacy of Underpants”, Seoul and “The Privacy of Underpants- Part II”, Beijing included a catalog with essay by Charissa Terranova. He will be an artist in residence at Centraltak,The University of Texas during fall 2009.
A look at the traditional home by combining interior structures, bed frames, with external structures, camping tents in quantities to create new communities. The interior private behavior of the bedroom is physically attached to a pink plastic camping tent, a nomadic and temporary structure. Interior behaviors become external devices where personal and private information quickly travel via a nomadic messenger. The combination of modular forms creates a larger community and collective psychology of current behaviors representative of social media, reality television and 24-hour news cycles where private information can quickly be made public.
The entire structure is built with a modular design and allows for many varied forms to be made while responding to the landscape of the space as a city would respond to the geographic landscape that it is built upon.