Helix Office Features Latest Exhibition by James Brinsfield, “Annie Are You OK?”
About the Exhibition
In 2015 the term “liminal” (the state of becoming without being) was beginning to be used in the critical and philosophical dialogue of contemporary painting. It was a word that was unfamiliar to me. I wrote a rough research paper; little more than a page of notes and citations. Later that year I shaped it up and expanded my notes into an assignment for my studio classes at KCAI. And for the most part that was that. Shelved, filed and put out of mind. Fast forward five years to me assembling a chest of drawers from IKEA. I emptied a flat box filled with various sized wooden panels onto a bedroom rug. I studied the instructions, looked at the panels and realized I was seeing the liminal state. The unmade about to become made. The panels in their layout upon the rug suggested a grid that triggered the beginning of the series of works you see in this exhibit.