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James Buss: Outside the Phantastikon

Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - Sat, Nov 8, 2014

Opening reception: Friday, October 10, 7:00 - 10:00pm

Hello Project Gallery is pleased to present James Buss' first solo exhibition in Texas in "Outside the Phantastikon".

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Buss earned his BFA in 1980 at East Texas State University in Commerce, TX studying under Lee Baxter Davis and Karl Umlauf. He then began graduate work at North Texas State University (now UNT) under Vernon Fisher but soon after, a young Sherrie Levine suggested Buss speak with Michael Asher at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. It was at CalArts where Buss finished his MFA in 1986 under painters John Baldessari and Douglas Huebler, and experimental filmmaker Don Levy, and media theorist Gene Youngblood.

Having recently returned to Texas, Buss' work is currently on view in two show in Los Angeles, "Dune Project" at JAUS and in "6018 Wilshire" at Edward Cella Art+Architecture. Buss' work was also recently included in the group exhibition "We Love L.A." at the artist run space, Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

James Buss came from a school of thought that touted painting's demise and denounced the medium. In "Outside the Phantastikon", Buss defiantly asserts the value of the painting process without adhering to its familiar constraints. The exhibition consists of a series of works created from experimental procedures including photography, sculpture, books, drawing, and painting. What remains are haunting and exquisite traces of Buss' own aesthetic memory and history as an American painter.


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