May 3, 2019

James Nares @ Kasmin Gallery, NYC - Monuments

James Nares: Monuments
Kasmin Gallery, New York
May 23 - June 29, 2019

James Nares
Prince II, 2018
22k gold leaf on Evolon
86 1/8 x 54 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, 218.8 x 137.8 x 6.3 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery

Kasmin presents an exhibition of James Nares’ newest body of work, entitled Monuments, which will be on view at 509 West 27th Street.

New York City’s downtown sidewalks were laid almost 200 years ago by immigrant masons. These monolithic granite slabs were elaborately chiseled with improvised marks and designs to help prevent pedestrians from slipping. These carvings have withstood the erosion of time and human traffic, leaving a wonderful record of free thought and whimsical, personal markings from the hands and minds of uncelebrated workmen.

Single-stone wax rubbings were made on site, gilded in 22K gold, and hung vertically as shining “monuments” to those unknown souls whose touch still lingers on the city’s sidewalks.

509 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001