Date(s) - 10/14/18
2:00 am - 4:00 am
Neon Museum NE10 Studio
This October, photographer and digital artist James Stanford presents the North American launch of his monograph, Shimmering Zen.
Published in a large hardback format, Shimmering Zen is a compilation of digital montages that Stanford has created by layering original photographs of LasVegas landmarks and its iconic neon signs. The monograph presents Stanford’s designs alongside original photographs, elaborating through artist essays on the theory and practice behind his technique.
Heavily influenced by his native Las Vegas, where he is regarded as a leader and pioneer in the ar ts community, Stanford is an innovative digital artist who revisits the vibrant energy of vintage Vegas. A digital painter who transforms his iconic photographs of Las Vegas neon signs and architecture into sumptuous mandalas.
Shimmering Zen reflects Stanford’s continued interest in transforming reality into imagined realms.As an artist,he is concerned with the development of a visual expression of spirituality. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Buddhism, he conceives of his digital montages as “modern mandalas” – maps towards inner zen.
James Stanford says of his work,
“Shimmering Zen is all about not knowing how to view a mandala, but viewing it anyway. Apprehend the mandala lightly, like you are holding a butterfly… If you are grasping or impatient, you are killing the experience”
The book launch will take place on 13 October 2018 at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas and will open with an introduction by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the Neon Museum’s Executive Director Rob McCoy, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing by the artist.
Shimmering Zen consists of 264 pages and contains of over 150 of Stanford’s original works created over the past 15 years. Includes comprehensive essays by the artist and a foreword by Jeff Rosen,Vice President,The Higher Learning Commission, Evanston, Illinois.
Shimmering Zen (RRP $59.99) is published by Smallworks Press in association with Ianthe Press Limited: London and includes essays by the artist and a foreword by Jeff Rosen,Vice President,The Higher Learning Commission, Evanston, Illinois.