James Nares’ paintings seek to capture the very moment of their own creation. They are most frequently made in a single brush stroke, recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, he repeatedly creates and erases his strokes until he feels it represents a precision of balance between intent and improvisation.
Nares’ films and videos reference many of the same preoccupations with movement, rhythm and repetition, while also ranging further afield in their scope.
His work is included in a number of public and private collections, including MoMA, Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. In 2014, Rizzoli will publish the first monograph dedicated to his work over the last four decades.