James Monday comes east to Law & Water Gallery by way of California. His 36 years of architectural design work has taken him far from home on projects ranging from tiny houses to university buildings and libraries, and from the FDR Memorial in DC to mobile medical facilities in Haiti. As a teacher at UC Berkley, he instructed students in the principles of ecologically friendly materials and design.
For The Secret Life of Lines exhibit at Law & Water, he explores the details that he finds around “edge conditions” and quotes Leonard Cohen: “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
For James, architecture and photography are investigative processes that expose and express the essential determinants of a problem. He brings to his work the lines, colors, and textures that define objects by capturing the objects themselves and the spaces in-between, the musical equivalent would be notes and silences.
Zooming in on elements that transform his subjects into architectural elements and geometric designs, Monday puts his years as an architect, designer and close observer into the service of art. His photography has been exhibited at galleries in California, New York, and Italy.
In 2015, his Fort pop-up exhibition in Gloucester was the result of a chance dawn encounter with Photographer Paul Cary Goldberg, who was working his shutter “down the Fort” at the same time of day. They took-up a photographic challenge to each walk the same neighborhood, taking photos for the same 24-hour period to see where their affinities and sensibilities overlapped and diverged. They submitted their work (unseen by the other) to Matt Cawley who unveiled a digital exhibition at Short & Main’s newly opened upstairs space. The result, a double surprise for Monday and Goldberg and patrons alike.
Special thanks to Gloucester-born lad, Charles Augustus, who made James Monday a first-time Grandfather on February 23, 2016.