Meredith James (b. 1982, lives and works in New York) works in video, sculpture, and theater to explore mechanisms of perception and the fallibility of observation, in order to reveal the surprising and disorienting potential in the world around us that is both narrative and physical. The artist incorporates familiar domestic objects, often utilizing them as the contained setting for very small-scale interiors. James' work vacillates between the surreal and the familial, the visually impossible and the everyday, and explores a new means of pictorial storytelling.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Land Lock at Jack Hanley Gallery, The Invention of Morel Pages 89-91 at LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, and Espalier at Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York. The artist has also recently participated in group shows such as 99 Cents or Less at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New at SculptureCenter, New York, Catalyst at the Queens Museum, Finestra Aperta at Jack Hanley Gallery and Jane Corrigan, Meredith James, Gloria Maximo, Dasha Shishkin at Feuer/Mesler, New York. Other recent exhibitions include EAF14: Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Play curated by Ragnheiour Gestsdottir at The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland, Videonale 14 at Akademie der Künste der Wellt in Cologne, Germany and Experiment at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
James received a BA from Harvard University in 2004 and an MFA from Yale University in 2009. James has exhibited across America and internationally. This year she was named as one of the 2016 Sharpe-Welentas Studio Program Awardees and last year received the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. James has received numerous accolades and fellowships, most notably from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska, Lighthouse Works in New York, Abrons Art Center in New York and Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.