by Laura Hutson
You’d never know that James Perrin makes paintings based on visits to Walmart. His enormous canvases are more like detail-heavy religious experiences — imagine a refined Jose Parla or a geometric space-age Hieronymus Bosch. But he uses his own photographs of Walmart — all orderly angles, bright colors and buzzing fluorescent lighting — as his inspiration. From there, he makes small abstract pieces that explode the formal elements he sees in his photographs. They remind me of the paintings Allison Schulnik showed at ZieherSmith’s pop-up exhibit last August.
James studied at Kansas City Art Institute and Boston University, but he’s been showing work in Nashville since the early 2000s. In anticipation of Abstractometry, the upcoming Frist show he’ll be a part of, I visited James at his home studio in Germantown. Click through some photos of his studio and work after the jump.