James Schenck, Constellation (Telephone), mixed media, digital collage, 36" x 36"
American, b. 1978, playing from Louisville, KY, USA
James Schenck received his BA from Vassar College and his MFA from University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.
Through both two-dimensional art and installation, Schenck addresses the conditions of persona, as well as the role society plays in the construction of identity. The artist’s body of work articulates tactile and gestural expressions of self-examination, the importance of visual balance and clarity, and the daily numbness experienced as one journeys for approval.
Schenck summarizes the results of his process as “2-D performance.” The aesthetic should always feel fun and welcoming, while the undercurrent stems from an urgent, honest insecurity. Schenck currently lives and works in Louisville, KY.
Thoughts on the Telephone process
I was surprised and challenged to get a prose work to respond to. It took me out of my primary (visual) method of analysis and provided a completely new point of departure for me. My response became hyper visual (like reading a magazine for pictures only, skipping the articles, needing visual stimulation), but tried to stay true to the narrative. I wanted to discover how I would tell the story, and this really allowed me to zero in on my visual voice as artist.