Bernier Eliades Gallery presents the fifth solo exhibition of Cameron Jamie at the gallery.
Cameron Jamie, (b. Los Angeles in 1969) has been a prominent figure in contemporary art for the past three decades. His artistic practice encompasses various mediums, such as video, photography, performance, sculpture, and drawing. It is often referred to as an anthropological research that expands the notion of identity by highlighting the resurgence of myths and fantasies in everyday life and popular culture.
Having grown up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and being heavily influenced by West Coast culture, Jamie, an amateur chronicler of urban culture, investigates ritualistic practices in marginalized or underground cultures that dismantle overarching normalization processes. The artist derives his visual sources and favorite subjects from popular culture, such as rock music, wrestling, comics, and the much-celebrated or gothic aesthetic of Halloween.
In his recent series of work, the artist will showcase a collection of bronze sculptures and paintings that explore the layer of the body as a terrain of analysis and examination. All forms in his new works are developed through an organic movement of expansion, destruction, and reconstruction similar to a spider consuming its prey in its web.
The source of these abstract and interweaving forms remains unknown, providing Jamie’s work with a distinctly unique and timeless energy. The figures in Jamie’s creations gradually reveal their mystical dimension and cathartic power, bringing to light the fundamental instincts, the collective unconscious, and the archaic myths of violence and atrocity that are shared by all humanity, irrespective of culture.
Cameron Jamie was born in Los Angeles in 1969 and has lived in France since 2000.
His work has been featured in the 2019 Venice Biennale and The Sorcerer’s Burden at The Contemporary Austin, where he presented his first monumental bronze sculpture at Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park in Laguna Gloria.
In 2016 he won Le lauréat du prix de dessin de la Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain, France. In 2008, Jamie was the first recipient of the Yanghyun Prize.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Museum der Moderne Salzburg (2022); Kunsthalle Zürich (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); Cineteca National Mexico (2011); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA (2007); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2006); and Teatro Goldoni at the Venice Biennale (2005).
Selected group exhibitions include: Salon of Fear at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2013); Antigrazioso, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Animal Spirits, Deste Foundation Project Space, Slughterhouse, Hydra, Greece (2012); Voice of Images, Palazzo Grazzi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy (2012); Traces du Sacré, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008), Amateurs at CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2008), Time Crevasse, Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008), Panic Room – Works from the collection of Dakis Ioannou, Deste Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007), the biennial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006).