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Jamie Banes

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Bethlehem, PA

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University of New Mexico, 2003, BFA
UC Davis, 2007, MFA

exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, abstract, digital, modern, surrealism, gallery installation mixed-media realism, non-profit, collective mixed-media mixed-media installation


Growing up in a blue-collar construction family, I connected with tools and materials at an early age. Exposure to the jobsite as a youth helped shape my interest in architecture and the ever-changing organism of the built environment. These early experiences continue to inform my work and contribute to my own sense of place and identity.

The way I first connect with a place tends to be through its structures. The built environment serves as a multi-layered record of human activity, mirroring the effects of society’s needs and desires over time. The concept of architecture as living entity is a natural starting point for my experiments, often stemming from themes of origin and decay within the urban landscape. The breakneck speed at which this life-cycle revolves in the Bay Area underscores many socioeconomic issues of the region and further influences my work.

My process results in quirky assemblages often reminiscent of childhood forts or tree house constructions in miniature. My most current work presents as a collection of eccentric architectural models, wryly alluding to the seriousness of many ominous societal issues on our collective horizon. My materials are typically found, bartered or bargained for in keeping with my inclination to reuse when possible.

Recent Exhibits

Jamie Banes participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2014 Aqua Art Miami 2014
The Aqua Hotel
Sep, 2014 Of Walls and Floors
Autobody Fine Art
Apr, 2014 Science/Fiction
Sun Gallery
Jan, 2014 Inspire Artists Who Inspire You
Pro Arts Gallery
Nov, 2013 Where to from There? Juried Annual 2014
Pro Arts Gallery
Nov, 2010 Peeling the Strata
Canessa Gallery
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