24 August - 17 September
“This series arose out of my love for fashion,” says artist James Gordon. “I especially love making the jewellery – I’m in heaven when I’m doing the tiny diamonds and emeralds.”
James’ art has been described as a combination of collage, fashion and sculpture. He works with scissors, scalpels, pencils and watercolour to create intricate paper relief sculptures, layering detail upon detail of delicately carved and painted paper artworks.
“I start by making their faces and hands, then I make clothes and jewellery, and play around with combinations until it looks right. The first few I made were these striking men in black and white tuxedos. If a man doesn’t look good in a tux, he will never look any good.”
"If a man doesn’t look good in a tux, he will never look any good.” - James Gordon
If anyone should know about fashion and a good tux, it’s James. His artistic career has been studded with couture collaborations, from styling Collette Dinnigan’s shows for fashion week, to working on covers for Vogue, to causing a scandal on Little Collins Street in the 1970s as a visual merchandiser for the department store Georges.
As a renowned event producer, James styled some of Australia’s most high profile weddings, including those of James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch. But in between these brushes with celebrity, it is always his paper sculptures that James comes back to.
“If it pleases people and makes them feel happy, then I’m happy. I love seeing people smile with pleasure when they see my work. I hope that when they look at it they get a sense of my love of doing it, because I really do love it.”
We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition opening at 5.30pm Friday 24 August.