“James Nares”

James Nares’ “High Speed Drawings” at Paul Kasmin Gallery

“High Speed Drawings,” an exhibition by the British artist James Nares, is currently being held at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, until 25 October. The exhibition presents a series of drawings created using paper attached to a motorised steel drum, which rotates as the artist uses Chinese ink to draw lines with paintbrushes created especially for this purpose. The result is rippling lines of various widths, suggesting the idea of high-speed movement captured through visual representation. Nare described the work to the New York Observer as “a visual accompaniment to STREET [his 2013 film depicting New York from a camera attached to the back of a slow moving SUV], as it’s also in this lateral mode, always going in the same direction,” adding that “it’s kind of the opposite, because the thing is moving, and I’m standing still.” Although born in London, Nare has been working in New York since 1974. His films and paintings are found in a number of collections such as the Whitney Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, all in New...

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