Multimedia artist Anthony James (* 1974) works with heavy equipment. Using a chain saw he cuts birch trees down to size and arranges them in mirrored glass boxes. For the installation KO he unflinchingly sacrificed his beloved Ferrari 355 Spider, setting the sports car on fire and putting the torched wreck on display behind glass, along with one of his birch groves. Morphic Fields is the title of a series of twenty-one amorphous bronze sculptures with limestone bases— works created from cardboard boxes dipped in and shaped with wax and subsequently cast in bronze. This first monograph on Anthony James includes a number of offbeat essays on the artist’s work. Fashion and art critic Glenn O’Brien provides sharp-witted insights, and writer Christian Kracht adds his typically sardonic commentary. An interview with controversial biologist Rupert Sheldrake is a highly fitting contribution; his theory of morphic fields inspired the artist’s work and the title of this publication.
My regards go to Anthony for the very inspiring collaboration.
Special thanks to Johann Skrypzak, Annerose Bach, and Tas Skorupa, and Julia Günther from the wonderful Hatje Cantz Berlin team.
Texts by Katja Eichinger, Anthony James, Christian Kracht, Matthias Mühling, Glenn O'Brien, Rupert Sheldrake, graphic design by Verena Gerlach
160 pp., 126 ills.
22.90 x 27.00 cm