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James Vogel

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New Jersey

Lives in
Petaluma, CA

Works in
Petaluma, CA


Boston M.F.A. School
Tufts University Medford, MA, BFA
U.C.Berkeley, MA

Representing galleries

exhibition/performance, environmental-art mixed-media performance drawing realism painting abstract sculpture, formalist pop performance drawing figurative



entry 4

Acting upon the realization that the power or relevance of a vision is subject to expectations/limitations of the viewer; I am compelled to validate my vision in a variety of forms. The original installation was created in my Northern California backyard. Backyard Solar System was created amid the trunks and limbs of the resident oak trees. In addition to exhibiting the substantial elements and artifacts in gallery venues, I have virtually demonstrated alternate aspects of this work in performance pieces on my Blog Travels With Vanny:

My future work will continue an exploration of installation and rendition. I plan to expand and refine the studio versions of the my "street" presentations. I am currently working to interface projected image, site and observer by exploiting reflective elements in the exhibition environment. In this work the proximity of the observer affects the surface of the image.

In practice I have an abiding interest in the formal aspect of surface in Painting.  This preoccupation has lead me to thoroughly consider the substance of paint and the surface on which it lies.
In process I deconstruct, disassemble and destroy to discover the elementary of the objects I build as art.  
Currently I am exploring the properties of adhesionand color in paint.  Color is regularly considered in paintings.  In my work the adhesive nature of paint is featured.   In these pieces I have packed straw into forms and then poured paint though the packed forms.  The adhesive quality of the paint holds the straw in the shape of the form and color is deposited as a by- product. 

Entry 2

The best way to talk about Painting is with Sculpture.  I have found the “3Dification” of the formal  two dimensional process known as Painting has been a  is a rich vein of inspiration for me .  

Entry 1

I can best describe my work as a two part process.  One part is more active; one part more passive.
The active part of my work is to find opportunity for meaningful artistic expression. At present the by-products of human life are before us at every step.  Recycled materials are often an inspiration but, more profoundly, I find my work in recycling, reinterpreting  ideas and images. Currently, I am working with two familiar symbols - the "dollar sign" and the " G cleft" symbol.  I am neither a Banker nor a Musician but the Formalist in me has found fertile grounds in the symbols they work with.  I have chosen these symbols for their ubiquitous presence and visual resonance.  When reversed and positioned in close proximity, the resulting compiled image has a figurative element I find satisfying. The second part of my work is, to not become attached to the results of my efforts.  Ultimately, we must find as much fulfillment in the process of making art as in the finished product. It is usually the results we don't anticipate at the origins that make for the best piece in the end.

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Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, MA 1972-76
Tufts University, Medford, MA: B.FA. 1976
U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA: M.A. 1983




1976-Present: James Vogel; Artist.
Owner: Westside Builders in Petaluma,CA. Combined building
practices and reclaimed materials to create artwork.


1981       Exhibitor at Triton Museum of Art - Santa Clara, CA

1982       Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco  one-man show 'Entropy'

1982       Grant for  "Picasso" billboard in coordination with Gannett Outdoors and  the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1982        Exhibitor Richmond Art Center;  juror, curator Whitney Museum, N.Y.C.
1983        Lawson Gallery, San Francisco " Sculpture Exhibition "

1983         Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center  " Symbols and Surfaces "

1991-2009  Various building projects specializing in the preservation and restoration of Victorian houses
2007  Copperfield's Book Store Petaluma, CA  Exhibition in books and works: "Formal Innovation in Painting from Lascaux to New York"   

September ' 08  AZ Gallery, St. Paul MN  “ Portrait of America Exhibition”

October ' 08     California Modern Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA  juried exhibition

March ' 09,  Exhibitor, ' Continuum Show'   George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University,Montclair, N.J. Juror, Paterson Sims

September ' 09,  Exhibitor,  ' Salvage Show ' , juror, Linda Cunningham, HONORABLE MENTION   Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

October ' 09,  Exhibitor, 'Dualities Show',  juror, Claudia Chapline. Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sebastopol, CA

November ' 09, Exhibitor, 'Naples Art Association Founders Awards', juror, Daniel Stetson. Naples FL
November '10, Exhibitor, Coos Art Museum, juried show, Coos Bay Oregon

March '10  Sebastopol Art Center, “Still Life”, juror, Chester Arnold  BEST IN SHOW

June '10  Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NB on-line juried show SPECIAL RECOGNITION

July,Oct,Dec '10,Feb'11 , Art Slant on-line gallery  mixed media SHOWCASE WINNER

March '11 Baker Art Center 13th National , Pershing, KA  Lawrence Bradshaw juror

April '11 Sebastopol Art Center, “Abstract”, juror, Jeremy Morgan,

July ' 11 Petaluma Art Center "Fire and Ice" juried show

July ' 11 California State Fair, Sacramento, CA  Honorable Mention,  

August '11 Tallahassee  26th International Exhibition, Tallahassee, FL

February '12  "Music" Flow Space, Minneapolis,MN

March '12  "Wide Open", Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, juror: Charlotta Kotik

March '12  Falkirk Annual Jurried Show, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafeal, CA

June   '12  Solo Show ,  Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

June - September '12,  Collaborative events with the Petaluma Arts Comission

Recent Exhibits

James Vogel participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2012 Miller - Landau - Vogel
Hammerfriar Gallery
Mar, 2012 Wide Open 3
BWAC - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Jun, 2010 ART IS A LIE
Exhibited with these artists
James Vogel has Exhibited with these artists:

Natasha Landau Frank Miller
Michele Krauss Richard Lund
Alan Neider
Exhibited at these venues
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