James Hyde at Jolie Laide, Philadelphia, 3 Feb - 26 Mar, 2011

Posted on February 16th, 2011

Paintings by James Hyde

Jolie Laide is proud to present new work from James Hyde’s “Stuart Davis Group”. Although born over half a century apart, both painters Stuart Davis and James Hyde grew up in the Philadelphia area, and this exhibit offers an opportunity to celebrate their common regional heritage. Davis was powerfully inspired by jazz- in his own words, "an abstract art of real order". Hyde updates the liaison of music and painting by photographing passages, "sampling" from Davis's paintings in order to generate new works of art. While earlier paintings from the “Stuart Davis Group” have recently been shown at The Boiler in New York, the Mason Gross Gallery at Rutgers University, and The Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the work featured in Word! is being exhibited for the first time.

In the new paintings, Hyde performs visual magic by activating multiple perceptual experiences. What appears to be thickly textured, colorful paint is actually a photograph, while what seem to be smooth blank areas turn out to be paint- sprayed, rolled or brushed- in low relief over the ink-jet photographic prints. Further, Hyde’s paintings look like geometric abstraction at first glance, but quickly shift as we recognize the words they display. Hyde engages us in a circular game of seeing that expands to include painting, photography, and reading. By activating these three modes of visual experience, Hyde generates an intoxicating syncopation of seeing and visual awareness.

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