Works

Iwaki Window (preparatory drawings)

2016
This work is composed of dirt traces from eighty-eight sites. The artist stood at each of these places during the past year—touching one granule at a time, noticing the texture on one’s fingertip. Gradually the spirit of each place comes into view. Look into the windows drawn here, what do you see?

Stories of Khayalan Island

2013-present
This project begins from the rumor of an island that disappeared in the 19th century in Singapore harbor. Through a collective search, the island is re-imagined in the complexities of the present.

Migration of a Cycad

2015
A Cycad tree is fabled to have been carried by boat from the Ryukyu Archipelago to Takamatsu circa the 18th century. In exchange, a pine tree sapling was carried by boat on a five-day trip from Takamatsu to the island of Tokunoshima by the artist.

Sunset House: The House as Language of Being

2010-present
This artwork is built together with the community from a former community center on the island of Shodo. During artistic production, words have been integrated into the structure of the walls and stone garden.

Philosophies of Dirt

2005-2012
“Dirt has a mind. In reading James Jack’s Philosophies of Dirt, here is one idea to which I propose we commit—that not only does dirt have a mind, it uses it.”

Natura Naturata

2010
Earth pigments painted directly on the wall in a contemplative process, including three samples gathered in the vicinity of the gallery.

Natura Naturans

2005
“For Natura Naturans, James Jack has created a work of profound beauty with a luminescence and quiet hue that evokes a sense of harmony with the nature of the Northwest.”

Ink & Essence

2003-2010