100 Creatives

21. James Angel

21. James Angel

James Angel's
a self-taught artist and one of the founders of the artist collective 3CarPileUp. He's a fierce supporter of the "emerging" downtown art scene and an advocate for keeping local talent local.

"For me, it's about inspiration and constant experimentation," he writes. "I explore delineation of form, perception thresholds, I can conjure feelings or a sense of place, I deconstruct and reconstruct imagery, I harness the transformative power of art... on a good day, and even document space time all in attempt to have a little fun and then share it with my fellow denizens."

Read more about Angel and his work after the jump ...

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
My studio wall is covered in images. I have images covering images. I find it comforting when I am being visual. It can be overwhelming for some people. When I have been away it helps me access that imaginative place again where the physical world can cease. Where your mind is open to visualization, sensory languages, thoughts, moments, people, places and infinite possibilities all swimming together in one swirling sphere of activity just waiting to be pulled into existence.
One image in particular is a painting by an autistic child. It looks as if he is very familiar with this place, this inside place in all of us, where we are at our most imaginative.

2. What was your last big project?
Typically each year it has been at Modified Arts for Art Detour weekend. I have had solo exhibitions there for the last six years. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The best part, for me, has been interacting directly with the viewers of my work. It has helped me grow beyond measure. I have always had a tendency to do enigmatic work. I've since realized it is more fun to bring people with you.

3. What's your next big project?

This fall I have three exhibitions occurring almost simultaneously. The ten-year 3CarPileUp reunion show (David Dauncey, Randy Slack, and myself) at Monorchid in November, Chaos Theory's annual group show at Legend City in October, always a must see, and a solo show at After Hours gallery. This one should be interesting! We are calling it "Palette Cleanser". When I am painting I like to mix colors on magazine pages. After 9/11, I was mixing paint on an old Time magazine when I was struck with the image left half covered in paint. I could not throw it away! I kept it and all successive pages of any consequence. Well, after several years I have amassed a large collection of these almost completely unintentional painting-collage type images which I will be exhibiting in their entirety in November. I'm really excited to share these.

4. Why do you do what you do?
I love creating. Early on, I worked in a corporate setting. On the weekends I would find myself locked away in my apartment fashioning marionettes out of newspaper, wheat paste and old clothes. I would emerge on Monday with my new project and everyone would say "why are you working here?" I feel lucky to have a skill. Besides, I don't know what else I would qualify to do.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? (And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?
I am a full time working artist living in Arizona.

It sounds paradoxical I know. Nevertheless, as a long time participant in the downtown arts movement I would encourage people to embrace the importance of the artist to the community. Their contributions can provide cultural and social enrichment as well as spawn business and improve property values. I know because I have seen it happen. Creatives are the fifth pillar of sustainability. Support your local artist!

Something I wouldn't want phoenix to know is how reclusive I have been lately...I can't promise marionettes, but I will definitely see you on "Monday" with something inspired!

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner

98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

35. Cindy Dach

34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle

32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan

29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller

27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson

25. Tara Logsdon

24. Gennaro Garcia
23. Tiphanie Brooke

22. Dan Semenchuk