James Wille Faust: Color Meditations
iMOCA at The Murphy
April 1 – May 28, 2016

Color Meditation, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60

Color Meditations, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and video, presents a selection of the last two years of James Wille Faust’s studio production. Faust is widely known for his abstract paintings and sculptures that employ color to convey emotion and meaning, often with the use of illusionistic effects. Color Meditations refers to the specific body of work within this exhibition where the artist implements large areas of pure color forming arcs and chords as a form of visual meditation.

A second grouping of paintings highlights other recent work, which incorporates Faust’s signature shadows and illusionary effects. The third component of this exhibition adds dimensionality to Faust’s wall-based work. These sculptural paintings include spheres and bowl shapes. Subtle illusions complement the three-dimensional forms in these works. Lastly, Faust has created a new body of sculptural maquettes, which feature floral motifs in vases. Each of these flower and vase motifs is mounted on the gallery walls and yet playfully appears as a fallen vessel.

For this exhibition, Faust has also created a video documentary that highlights the world that surrounds his studio and from which he derives much inspiration. As the video exemplifies, nature is inseparable from Faust’s artistic practice. A brief experimental piece, called Passing Shadows, also included on the digital video, is on view for the first time in Color Meditations.

Faust received his bachelor of fine arts from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, and his masters of fine arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. His work has been included in many regional and national exhibitions.

Fallen Vase I

Fallen Vase I, acrylic on wood construction, 3.5 x 8 x 6

Funding for this exhibition is made possible by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation with additional support from Steven C. Pettinga and Michael G. Byrum.


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