Anthony James’ performative sculptures and installations have an other-worldly feel to them. Working with mirrors and light, his work gestures towards minimalism, experimenting with light and space.
In a series titled Portals/Icosahedrons, he uses titanium, LED lights, and transparent mirrors to create enchanted-like portals – a world of light and reflection to get lost in. Inspired by the historical cosmology of Plato, his installations were exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, and art fairs.
“Anthony James’ work takes up the concepts of the universal and transcendental in order to demonstrate the impossibility of their representation,” art historian Rachel Baum said of this series. “The historical cosmology of Plato is a primary inspiration, both for the sculptures of icosahedrons and for the silhouette of Baroque architecture Francesco Borromini’s dome for Sant’Ivo in Rome.”
“The Icosahedron is the highest and most beautiful geometric shape of the five platonic bodies and is associated with the element water,” says James about the work. “Water is all about flow, movement, and unity.”
His portals will next be exhibited in October 2019 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Take a peek in the gallery below: