James Marshall aka Dalek has lived and worked in a variety of vibrant subcultures – from punk rock, skateboarding, graffiti and Japanese anime to his current activity in painting, illustration and graphic design. His early focus on figuration led to the development of the popular “Space Monkey” character, who served as the artist’s ad hoc signature (and alter ego) as it navigated virtual worlds in/on snowboards, T-shirts and prototype cars. Between 2007-2009, this hyperactive icon of human excess would undergo a three-year process of fragmentation as Marshall turned to kaleidoscopic worlds of day-glo color and abstract geometry. Reflecting the artist’s observation of accelerating cosmopolitan societies that sit perilously on the verge of “systems overload,” these increasingly urgent paintings push the eye through labyrinthine realms of color, shape and line. Offered here is a time lapse video of his recent contribution to the SECCA NCNC Exhibition.
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