Something I Meant to Say
Dana James’s first solo exhibition since she joined the gallery’s contemporary program in January 2020. James’s abstract compositions are characterized by their incredible use of light, which shifts fluidly across her brilliant pastel color fields, catching iridescent pigments, and into darker swaths of splotched, recycled canvas. Her acute focus on the light results in works that almost glow, giving her paintings a magical effect that connotes the shimmer of the ocean or the sparkle of childhood memories of enchantment. This emotional impact is at the core of James’s practice, which is grounded in notions of time, memory, selfhood, and the inherent dualities that shape us and our worlds.