This pattern painting was done by repeating smaller patterns into larger patterns by tracing and reversing the pieces on paper and gluing each section to the background. I use a computer to do this kind of work now, but find that (a) the surface is not very interesting because of a kind of flat uniformity computers give pattern work and (b) because of the ease and availability of patterning in the digital world, patterns are all too common and have this sameness that is impossible to avoid. HOWEVER, the main reason why I think this painting does not work is because I chose to use images of myself making faces to fill in areas of the design on a single color of translucent paper with the idea that this would give the work a sense of humor. I was one of only a few who responded to the joke. I have been considering replacing the faces with something else and that might solve this weak humor. In the meantime, as I have said, pattern work is common and easy. This work took 4 months to complete, because of the hand labor, and I doubt this could any longer be appreciated.
About the artist James Barsness:
I am a fine artist with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (1988) I have shown professionally since 1985 all over the US and Europe. I have worked with galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Verona, IT, to mention only a few. My work is represented in the permanent museum collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, The Di Rosa Foundation, The Boise Museum of Art, The Yale School of Fine Art Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, The Byblos Art Hotel, The High Museum, and many others. I have received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant, the Pollack-Krasner Artists Grant, an Elizabeth Foundation Artists Grant, a Golden Foundation Artists Grant, and others. I live and work in Athens, GA with my wife, artist Didi Dunphy and my cat, Mr. Darcy.