To create his re-imagined, contemporary mandalas, Stanford turns to the signs and symbols representing the deities of Las Vegas—casinos, hotels, and bars. He photographs their historic neon facades, and Googie architectural elements, cropping various bits and pieces from the photos, which he then uses as the building blocks for geometrically repeating patterns. The center dot for his compositions is not a deity, but rather a visualfocus point from whence the shapes, lines, colors, and patterns—building blocks of abstract art—evolve. Metaphorically, the images Stanford appropriates for these compositions relate back to a nostalgic starting point when his own life was beginning. By cropping and digitally altering the source photographs he is rearranging their essential elements, shattering them like jewels whose infinite shards now might reflect each other forever into time and space. > Read More
AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES STANFORD, CREATOR OF “SHIMMERING ZEN,” ON HIS JOURNEY FROM PAINTER TO IMAGE MAKER
James Stanford is an American photographer, painter, drawer, digital illustrator, and small press publisher based out of a rather unlikely location: Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to bringing fine arts to a hometown more often known for its lowbrow entertainment, Mr. Stanford has had an equally surprising career. Formally educated with an MFA in painting, Stanford has found himself engaged in all sorts of creative endeavors including his most recent work “Shimmering Zen” project, which utilizes layering and lenticular printing to create gorgeous, eye-popping mosaics out of derelict Las Vegas signs. > Read More
The official North America book launch of Shimmering Zen will take place at the Neon Museum on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Please save the date, and we hope to you there!
Should you be in New York City for the biggest book expo in the United States, please visit Shimmering Zen in Booth 1563, inside the Javits Center, on May 31 to June 3, 2018.
I am delighted to announce that Shimmering Zen will be at The Photography Show between 17-20 March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The show is full to the brim with everything a passionate photography enthusiast or a well-seasoned professional photographer could possibly dream of; including the latest technology from all the leading brands, demos of the latest kit, conference sessions and a complete range of talks and seminars guaranteed to meet your needs.
Shimmering Zen is presented by CBL Distribution and located at Stand K52. The book will be discounted at a special price for the show.