Articles by Damien James

Ship in a bottle : EMPAC

A willing participant at EMPAC’s “Uncertain Spectator”

A willing participant at EMPAC’s “Uncertain Spectator”

No matter how many times I fly, there are several minutes while tons of metal lift dozens or hundreds of bodies into the air that I can’t help but think …

Pamela Johnson, "Ice Cream I," 2009. Oil on canvas, 54 x 34 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Connecting – Part 6: Postscript and Postmortem

Connecting – Part 6: Postscript and Postmortem

After exhibiting at The Artist Project in 2008, Pamela Johnson’s American Still Life series began getting attention. Pepperdine University’s Weisman Museum of Art, Adler & Co. Gallery, and the San …

Pamela Johnson, "Starlight Mints," 2008. Oil on canvas, 26 x 40 in. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 5: Effortless

Connecting – Part 5: Effortless

During the film My Kid Could Paint That (2007, Sony Pictures), New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman said: I think the beauty of art is that it is …

Pamela Johnson, "Bunnies," 2009. Oil on canvass, 46 x 50 in. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 4: All spin of one kind or another

Connecting – Part 4: All spin of one kind or another

Errol Morris said at a Chicago Humanities Festival Q&A in 2006, on the iconography of Abu Ghraib, that human stupidity is one of the only things he really believes in, …

Pamela Johnson, "Girl Scout Cookies," 2008. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 3: Ceci n’est pas une Twinkie

Connecting – Part 3: Ceci n’est pas une Twinkie

I asked Pamela Johnson about other people who had encountered the massive Girl Scout cookies or cheese and cracker Handi Snacks™, eager to know how they were received and processed …

Pamela Johnson, "House II," 2006. Oil on canvass, 44 x 36 in. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 2: Useful Junk

Connecting – Part 2: Useful Junk

Sometime in September of 2006, I came across the paintings of Pamela Michelle Johnson, vaguely oppressive canvases dominated by clouds of slate and steel gray, foregrounds indistinguishable from back, and expanses …

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Connecting – Part 1: Art as Transportation

Connecting – Part 1: Art as Transportation

There have been times in my short life when I’ve had the good fortune to witness something new and amazing, from births to deaths and the exhausting amount of possibilities …