James Stanford's Vegas-Inspired Mandalas
Juxtapoz Magazine Oct/Nov 2017
American artist James Stanford’s visually stunning and intricately constructed modern mandala series, Indra’s Jewels, will be premiered during Asian Art in London 2017. This event brings together over 60 of the world’s top dealers, major auction houses and museums for an annual ten-day celebration of the finest in Asian art. Visitors will converge on London for the 20th anniversary edition, which offers gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions, lectures and seminars.
Stanford had this statement regarding the show: ‘It is with great pleasure that I agreed to participate in this important event. I hope my work will not only be enjoyable for visitors, but will introduce them to the great diversity of Buddhist-inspired artwork being produced today.’
As a leading contemporary interpreter of the ancient traditions of Buddhism, Stanford draws from historic metaphor, Chinese fable and the aesthetics of the Tibetan mandala. His conceptually complex and visually sumptuous work, in which the mandala functions as a way to contemplate both immaterial and material realities, has attracted significant interest through gallery and museum exhibitions in recent years.
Stanford’s pictures are distinguished by a series of colorfully illuminated flickering networks and layers. He has earned a reputation for creating work that pulls apart ideas both old and new, producing colorful and mesmerizing roundels and boxes of shimmering tones and patterns.
Composed of digital photos of historic Las Vegas neon signage and architectural elements from the 1950s and 1960s, and shot in the Nevada desert, the works have been artfully reconfigured using newly developed, purpose-specific technology. Stanford’s intriguing digital reconfigurations convey and respond to the potency of the mandala as a symbol, and to its influence and importance in Asian culture worldwide. His intensely beautiful and sensual images are sure to inspire awe, pleasure and contemplation.
Fade to Gray returns with a forth and final edition.
Returning for its fourth and final edition, fade to gray will add an additional 16 pages to make room for new artwork that has been added since his last release, bringing the total number of pages to 168.
Authors William Shea and Patrick Lai will be including new works by artists: Shepard Fairey, Triston Eaton, D Face and many more.
Description: Photographers William Shea and Patrick Lai release the first ever photo documentary about the Las Vegas graffiti scene with the intention of creating awareness about the unseen talent and hidden benefits that graffiti contributes to the art community. The 8 x 10 book is made up of 152 pages, and consists of 252 high quality full color images. The project time frame covers a fourteen month period, with photos from all parts of the valley.
Suggested retail price: $19.99
Release date: Fall 2017