Shimmering Zen: inspired by the Neon Lights of Las Vegas

Shimmering Zen: inspired by the Neon Lights of Las Vegas

James Stanford


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Las Vegas artist James Stanford photographs the mid-century neon signage and architectural elements of his hometown to create mesmerizing contemporary works of art. Stanford has earned an international reputation for an innovative and diverse oeuvre founded on the values of artistic experimentation and meditative practice. Working inventively in a wide range of media and genres, Stanford is celebrated today for his pictorial orchestrations drawing primarily upon the iconic vintage signage of Las Vegas. The book includes essays concerning craft, technique, photography, digital arts, development of portfolio, the artist's journey, Zen Buddhism, influences of modern technology and practice, and the influence of place.


James Stanford:
American artist James Stanford's diverse practice includes photography, digital illustration, painting, and drawing. Stanford is well known for his art portfolio, Shimmering Zen, a group of digitally reinvented mosaics of patterns that are at once decorative and contemplative. He is the publisher of Smallworks Press and a popular lecturer at international art and photography venues, including Asian Art in London, Format Festival in Derby, U.K. and The London Library. Rosen serves as Vice President for Accreditation Relations for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Director of the Open Pathway. Before joining HLC, Rosen served as a Research University Dean of Professional and Continuing Studies and a Professor of Art History. His most recent book, Julia Margaret Cameron's Fancy Subjects was published by Manchester University Press (2016). Berland is a curator specializing in modern art and design. A published author, she has worked for The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Frick Collection. She serves as the Chief Curator of The Objects Foundation, New York and as the Director of the Edward Boccia Artist Trust, St. Louis. Mejia is a Peruvian American painter and sculptor. In her practice, she engages with themes of diversity, perception, and empowerment through the depiction of minority female identities and artifacts that challenge conventional gender norms. Mejia's artwork resides in multiple permanent collections of academic institutions and museums. She exhibits internationally and serves as the Assistant Editor and Designer for Smallworks Press, an independent press specializing in arts and culture. Lewis specializes in the design and production of art books, exhibition catalogues, marketing material, and graphics for museums and galleries. Among his clients are The British Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Royal Academy, Royal Collection Trust, Tate Modern/Britain, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Lewis has enjoyed working closely with artists such as Richard Long, Anish Kapoor, Susan Hiller, Rachel Whiteread and James Stanford. Lewis Hallam Design is recognized for achieving award-winning publications. Henkel specializes in the intersection of art, culture and publishing. Through her consultancy agency, ArtCulture PR, she produces bespoke comprehensive creative strategies and programs designed to deliver strong equity and cultural relevance. She serves as Managing Editor for Smallworks Press, an independent press specializing in arts and culture. Henkel is a published author, contributing writer, curator and photographer. Brommel is a Nevada writer and curator with Iowa roots. Mojave in July (Tolsun Books) is her debut full-length poetry collection. In 2018, her chapbook, Plutonium & Platinum Blonde, was published by Serving House Books. She is the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture and affiliate faculty at Nevada State College. Brommel serves as Editor for Smallworks Press, an independent press specializing in arts and culture. You can also find her at The Citron Review as Editor-in-Chief.