By: Bailey Dodds, Seraphin Gallery Resident
James Inscho is a Philadelphia based painter who exhibits a subtle, yet striking approach to composition- allowing viewers to delve into layers filled with carefully arranged interactions of shape and color. Each work introduces a unique study of tension and balance, while echoing a sense of shifting familiarity. Everyday, Everynight unpacks the visual rhythms and complexities of James Inscho’s body of work from past few years. This show brings summer to an end as Seraphin Gallery prepares for a captivating fall and the start to our exhibition season.
The concept of each painting results from an intuitive process of resolving and interpreting observation. Through color studies, collages, reflection and meticulous planning, Inscho delivers sets of distinct visual elements. Throughout the conception of this collection, Inscho was inspired by artists including: Stuart Davis, Nicholas Krushenick and Ellsworth Kelly.
Ideas for paintings come about very slowly for me and I work in a linear fashion. I collage and sketch in bursts, and spend months sifting through the snippets of ideas. I revisit old ideas, images, and writings during this time, which helps me reconcile old inspirations and thoughts with the new.
Sharp edges of salient color and opaque black counterparts lead the viewer through an encapsulating two-dimensional depth. There is a visual dichotomy between strategically placed small intimate details and overwhelmingly substantial shapes. This relationship presents a series of causes and effects that build a fluctuating and complete visual identity for Inscho. The multi-faceted compositions propose constantly transforming focal points as color and shape collide-- offering unique perspectives for each viewer. Color creates a concise map of sharp turns and narrow bridges as the viewer navigates through each large canvas.
If I can establish a focal point upon first glance, I can play with the initial reading of an image, finding ways to subvert assumptions or complicate the reading with a more prolonged viewing.
- James Inscho
Within the delicate composition of Trace, carefully constructed elements define a nuanced stress-- fragments frozen in a fragile tilt. Neutral hues of white and cool sand balance with the vibration of blue and red contained in the piece. These bold statements only inhabit a fraction of the space while hard-edged shapes intersect with soft elegance. This precise attunement of hierarchy, is what makes Inscho’s work so intriguing. The harmony and chaos presented in each painting fabricates a continuous narrative as the viewer walks amongst the paintings of Everyday, Everynight.
James Inscho’s: Everyday, Everynight will be on view until September 18th. To learn more about this exhibition or James Inscho, visit out website at: http://www.seraphingallery.com/james-inscho