The OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art
Will be presenting from March 1 to March 29, 2008
Fish for Art
Paintings, Sculptures. Mixed Media
By James Cady
Fish has been the subject in the oeuvre of not only numerous, but also famous artists. From prehistoric cave engravings and drawings to the mystery of the Jesus Fish Symbol and further on to the paintings of Picasso or Matisse in the 20th Century, fish always have been a source for artistic inspiration and interpretation.
James Cady has painted since the early 90's when he moved from the lights of Hollywood to the light of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He painted that light on canvas for a few years and then discovered "light" as a scientific metric had nothing to do with what was on the canvas.
"I turned to metal sculpture, founded Silver Zebra Design and built custom metal installations for residential and commercial clients, to finance my art projects. The idea for this exhibit came to me while I was fishing. It's funny, when you're doing something as simple as throwing a line in the water with a worm on it, the only thing you can think of is throwing a line in the water with a worm on it. The simplicity of that was "the light" I was looking for. Light was a mental condition, not a metric.
These simple animal concepts are a result of throwing line and worm and wondering what might be on the other end.
My canvas is metal - steel and copper. Atop this canvas is acrylic, oil, acid, glass, powder coat, and other earthly elements. My subject is what is on the other end of the fishing line. Fish, crabs, octopus, who knows? I like to call them my water children because they are what I saw when I was young. My pallet is bold and bright and whimsical. Not like fish at all, you might say, but if you could stand inside the eyes of a Land Child,
the colors, in the new metric, would make sense.