CODE PRACTICE refers generally to the body of sculptural and video works created over the last year by James Woodfill, and was set to be the subject of a solo exhibition at Joseph Nease Gallery starting in the summer of 2020. The novel coronavirus instigated our shift to a virtual web-based platform for an exhibition, and a change of focus to the most recent stop frame animations and sound work: CERTAIN OBJECTS AND CERTAIN SYSTEMS.
Having acknowledged an appreciation of botany and natural pattern, Austin incorporates techniques from scenic painting and faux finishing, the folk art of Norwegian rosemaling, and reverse painting on glass. Building upon these heritage-rich processes early on became a way for her to develop a personal aesthetic based upon the necessity of good craftsmanship. Within these traditions, she’s learned to honor the authority of geometry, harmony, and natural beauty, using these traditions to create something new.
Oil, acrylic and silverleaf on plexiglass, 48" x 72", 2019
Oil and acrylic on panel, 48" x 48", 2019
Acrylic on plexiglass 24" x 24", 2020
Acrylic on plexiglass, 24" x 24", 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24", 2020
Acrylic and aluminum leaf on plexiglass, 24" x 24", 2020
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