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James Buss

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James Buss is an artist living and working in Weatherford, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science at East Texas State University, Commerce, did graduate work at North Texas State University, and completed his MFA at California Institute of the Arts.


Taking an approach which may vary in formal terms but stems from a common concept, his art work begins with a solitary affection, however slight it may be, that opens to a spectrum of reference using an initial gesture, an imprint, and the forensic properties of plaster as a medium of empathy and mimesis. His interest in the materialization of textual metaphor through casting and monotypes forms His studio practice. Along with these media, Buss employs photographs and drawings to investigate his interest in the onset of the image through traces (impressions, marks, residue, remains); through evocative, telling images impressed on the senses or the mind by way of indistinct or imprecise notions or remembrances; and through the banality of a space.


His work has been exhibited most recently in the Art Walk West pop-up show, Sojourner, at 611 Bedford Street, Dallas, Texas; in MTV Redefine, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas. Other recent shows include Is the art pretty? No, says Mummy. Pretty is not important, Beefhaus, Dallas;   Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; 6018 Wilshire Boulevard, Edward Cella Art + Architecture and In Search of Turrell: Dune Project, Jaus Gallery, both in Los Angeles, California. His work was also presented in a solo show at Hello-Project Gallery in Houston: Outside the Phantastikon.