James Henkel: Make/Shift

July 30 – September 11, 2021

James Henkel, Ship and Sea From the Series Books, 2015, 20 x 16 inches, Edition of 5: Color photograph of two antique books cut and put together

James Henkel

Ship and Sea, 2015
From the series Books

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition of 5

JHe_061

James Henkel, Apple Branch From the Botanicals, 2013, 20 x 16 inches, Edition 3/5: Color photograph of an apple branch on a table with cloth

James Henkel

Apple Branch, 2013
From the series Botanicals

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition of 5

JHe_063

James Henkel  Eighteen From the Series Books, 2020  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm  Edition 5  JHe_057 pieces of various books strapped to 5 books; 3 undamaged and 2 that's had it's pages partially cut from the visible side when closed

James Henkel

Eighteen
From the Series Books, 2020

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 5

JHe_057

James Henkel  Arrangement #4 From the Series Botanicals, 2020  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm a single rose vine shaped to form a circle that is partially inside a glass flower vase

James Henkel

Arrangement #4
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 3

JHe_066

James Henkel  Orange Tulip From the Series Botanicals, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_071 a thick stick with a white and orange flower on it

James Henkel

Orange Tulip
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_071

James Henkel  Addenda From The Series Books, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_054 pieces of various books strapped to a undamaged book

James Henkel

Addenda
From The Series Books, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_054

James Henkel, Wild, 2020, 30 x 24 inches, Edition of 3: color photograph of bundle of books cut up and bound together

James Henkel

Wild, 2020
From the series Books

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition of 3

JHe_062

James Henkel  Map From the Series Books, 2020  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm  Edition 5  JHe_059 4 books strapped together; 3 undamaged and 1 that has had everything beneath the top portion cut off and placed on top of a different book that has had it's top portion cut off in what seems like the same spot

James Henkel

Map
From the Series Books, 2020

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 5

JHe_059

James Henkel  Arrangement #6, 2020  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm  Edition 3  JHe_065 leafs and flowers attached to 2 glass flower vases

James Henkel

Arrangement #6, 2020

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 3

JHe_065

James Henkel  Float From the Series Botanicals, 2021  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm  Edition 3  JHe_069 7 roses stacked on top of each other

James Henkel

Float
From the Series Botanicals, 2021

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 3

JHe_069

James Henkel  Fancy Grapes, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_068 a grape vine with white, red, purple, yellow and orange grapes and a miniature chandelier placed at the top

James Henkel

Fancy Grapes, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_068

James Henkel  Silver From the Series Botanicals, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_073 a stick with flowers and leaves on it

James Henkel

Silver
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_073

James Henkel  Trim From the Series Botanicals, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_075 leaf vine with it's leaves mostly cut off

James Henkel

Trim
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_075

James Henkel  Blue Leaf From the Series Botanicals, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_067 a stick with flowers and leaves on it

James Henkel

Blue Leaf
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_067

James Henkel  Chapters From The Series Books, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_055 a bottom view of 9 books ranging from 100-250 pages each stacked on top of each other with a book cover that has been partially cut partially covering the stack of books

James Henkel

Chapters
From The Series Books, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_055

James Henkel  Stacked Leaves From the Series Botanicals, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_074 6 leaves covering roots sticking up from the viewer

James Henkel

Stacked Leaves
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_074

James Henkel  Indexed From the Series Books, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_058 a book with thumb indexes on the fore-edge with pages taken from a different book with it's binding still intact strapped on

James Henkel

Indexed
From the Series Books, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_058

James Henkel  Progress From the Series Books, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_060 3 hand sized books strapped onto a book that appears to be roughly 400 pages long

James Henkel

Progress
From the Series Books, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_060

James Henkel  Hybrid From the Series Botanicals, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_070  a thick stick with green, yellow and orange flowers on it

James Henkel

Hybrid
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_070

James Henkel  Oval From the Series Botanicals, 2020  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm  Edition 3  JHe_072 a single flower vine shaped to form a circle

James Henkel

Oval
From the Series Botanicals, 2020

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 3

JHe_072

James Henkel  Arrangement #5 From the Botanicals, 2020  30h x 24w in 76.20h x 60.96w cm  Edition 3  JHe_064 leafs and flowers attached to 4 glass flower vases

James Henkel

Arrangement #5
From the Botanicals, 2020

30h x 24w in
76.20h x 60.96w cm

Edition 3

JHe_064

James Henkel  Divided Map From the Series Books, 2020  20h x 16w in 50.80h x 40.64w cm  Edition 5  JHe_056 a sideview of a single book with portions bended to face the viewer and features a map of earth

James Henkel

Divided Map
From the Series Books, 2020

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

Edition 5

JHe_056

Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift
Gallery view of exhibition James Henkel: Make/Shift

Press Release

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present Make/Shift, an exhibition of new and recent work by photographer James Henkel. This show, Henkel’s second with the gallery, builds on explorations of beauty, purpose, and perception. Using unexpected arrangements and reimagined everyday objects, Henkel’s whimsical images are both humorous and disarming. Reception for the artist, Friday, July 30, 6-8pm.

The photographs in Make/Shift are from two on-going studio projects: Botanicals and Books, both subjects which have long been focuses of Henkel’s work. The botanical pieces combine both real and fabricated elements, disrupting the preciousness of floral still-life imagery. The gravity defying arrangements are playful, with a nod to photography’s unique ability to covertly manipulate perception. The book images show a reverence for books as objects, even as the books themselves are made unreadable through Henkel’s process: they are cut up, rearranged, and bound together with elastic bands and other material, adding a layer of tension to these otherwise docile items. We are acutely aware that we’ve come to these objects in their final resting place, post destruction.

Alongside Henkel’s employment of manipulation, his photographs allow us to revel in beauty for the sake of beauty, giving us license to take pleasure in the smallest details of a petal or the stitching on an old book spine. While his dissections are intentionally imprecise, they are perfectly calculated, and his rich colors and careful arrangements show a quiet commitment to aesthetic pleasure.

James Henkel is one of the three featured artists in this year’s auction at Penland School of Craft. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. He has exhibited in over one hundred national and international venues, including shows at the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran; SFMOMA; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Art Center, SFMOMA, and many others. He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Art, the Bush Foundations, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Henkel lives and works in Asheville and Penland, North Carolina.

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