Jimmy Rage's did something rare at his last show "Eroica, Artefacts Lost and Found" at CNCPT13. While his work was showomg at the gallery, he did guided tours of his work. It was refreshing, a chance to get a better perspective on his motivations and inspirations behind the art. I captured Jimmy Rage about to climb into his work - with such a wide array of beauties, it's no wonder:
It was obvious from the start that Jimmy Rage is a performer, not all artists are, but he is absolutely comfortable out in front - and his work crosses pretty much every discipline; from poetry to fashion. I would definitely categorize the tour as performance art - he was the narrator of the found and re-imagined. Most of the sculptural work is crafted from found objects.... it took me a bit to see the soccer ball in this piece:
It was my first visit to CNCPT13 - their back room managed to just barely contain the shrine of work Jimmy Rage assembled for the show. His work creates an intense environment akin walking into a Jamaican Shaman's moving sale. Each piece feels as if it is interwoven with some spell or magical incantation. If there was a risk of mild spiritual possession with Rage's work, it would be by warm and fuzzy entities that seek to make life more dynamic.
One of the benefits of having an artist tour their work is that you get to observe how they relate to their creation. Jimmy Rage put his hands all over his work. He gets to touch it, it's his, but seeing an artist lay their hands on their work is an invitation to connect to it. If he can touch it, it's not that intangible theoretical piece anymore, to be hung and viewed from afar - it becomes an extension of the artist, it becomes alive as a part of his creation - and that is intriguing.
Jimmy Rage is invested in artistic expression as an natural extension of his personality, warm, engaging and rich, tied to his roots and refreshingly open and accessibly intense. Here are some perpectives of his show:
If there's a chance to see his work and see his work as performed by him, I highly recommend it. Jimmy Rage makes his life available in a creative tangible way that is extreme satisfying to participate with, not to mention OWN. He is the type of creative that I would want to hire to create a piece about my life... to throw open the closets and attics full of detritus to have him assemble and craft a monument to my chaos.