Golden Parachutes and Tin Handcuffs, works by James Bills

Yes Gallery is proud to present Golden Parachutes andTin Handcuffs, an exhibition by James

 

Bills curated by Lesley Doukhowetzky. “Golden Parachutes and Tin Handcuffs are catchphrases

 

from the financial industry to describe the bonuses executives receive when dismissed

 

from their failing companies. Golden Parachutes, used pre-recession, are large payments with

 

few strings attached. Tin Handcuffs, used post-recession, are smaller payments with restrictions.

 

Either way, the contradiction of rewarding failure still stands as an example of the bad

 

logic that is rampant in the financial industry.  e works in this show take this illogical

 

stance as a point of inspiration, using charts and renderings that defy straight forward analysis

 

and focus on random data and it’s complex and intricate nature.

 

Inspired by mathematics, these drawings fuse a variety of visualization tools, graphs, and

 

diagrams with elements of architectural drafting, isometric projection and scalar measurements.

 

Each piece can be seen as a chart of data or a rendering of a building or sculpture.

 

However, rather than objectively collecting data, mapping it and presenting it for analysis, the

 

artist is more concerned with the aesthetics and allure of the visualization process itself.  e

 

data is generated by chance using polyhedral dice found often with role playing games.  ese

 

dice come in a variety of shapes, with 4 to 20 sides, and create random numbers within

 

certain parameters (between 4 to 20) as well as bringing an element of fantasy.  e numbers

 

rolled are recorded and then meticulously applied to measurements in the drawing. Decorative

 

finishes of gilding and colored pencil are then applied, providing more prominence on

 

glamour, intricacy and beauty rather than a practical use.  ese familiar tools of mathematics

 

are subverted to present not an explanation but a sense of natural and compelling disorder.

 

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