HOLD YOUR TONGUE

MARTIN JAMES

20 Mar 2014 to 30 Mar 2014

Heavily drawing on mass media culture and contemporary commentary, the practice of Martin James lends itself naturally to print making with particular attention to screen printing. The history of the mass-produced screen printed image and poster with their politically motivated messages are the logical supports for James’ inquiring works. He primarily addresses Australian history, Australian’s modern national identity, as well as refugee and human rights issues. Starting with the range of imagery available in these spheres, James drives familiar icons of the Australian visual landscape through processes of remix, remaking and juxtaposition that result in scenes of confusion, dry humour and subtle social comment

Martin James, Hold Your Tongue, 2014, screen print, 70x50cm