James Green – Rhondda World

A while ago, I attended James Green’s exhibition ‘Rhondda World’. I was particularly struck by the ‘collage room’, a small room where every part of the walls were covered with miniature collage cards from James’ vast collection.

Gallery talk: Dr James Green discusses “Rhondda World”

In the exhibition guide Dr. Jon Clarkson writes:

“They do not track back to a set of discrete events that can be identified and translated into ordinary English, instead they radiate out into constantly shifting meanings. Each time they [the collages] are displayed,  they are shuffled and different connections between the cards are made possible. There are so many that it is impossible to grasp them simultaneously in their individuality and their totality”

I was particularly interested in this comment on the exhibition, for me this brings my mind to the understanding of a conditions of post-modernity. Each card exists independently, but impedes on and encounters others, making it difficult for the individual collages to assert themselves independently. They exist richly as a whole, but at the same time do make for quite an overwhelming experience of information overload. These ideas interest me, and add a fascinating conceptual element to the work, one that I am interested in bringing forward into my own practice.


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