Stephan Weiss Studio (New York, USA)
711 Greenwich St, New York NY 10014
Public Opening Hours:
Feb 20 1030am - 430pm Feb 23-26 1030am - 430pm
March 2-6 1030a-430p
In 2012, James was invited to meet with Chief of The Seminole Tribe of Florida, James E. Billie to discuss a potential collaboration. A bond was made and a partnership was formed that allowed James entrusted permission to explore Seminole Culture from the perspective of 'Nomad Two Worlds', his world-renowned 'reconciliation through art' movement. James embarked on an exploration and artistic interpretation with the Seminole Tribe that he has entitled 'Seminole Spirit'. James was granted special access to Seminole Lands, given unfettered introductions to Seminole Elders and significant community members spanning all tribal clans within Seminole culture. Two years since the outset, James now describes The Seminole Tribe of Florida as 'The most progressive and determined group of people I have ever met; Their history of struggle, reinvention and adaptation is one of the greatest untold stories I have encountered that must become a source of global inspiration'
'Seminole Spirit' is multi-media art installation that includes an art film and a short form documentary on The Seminole Tribe. The crowning Jewel and heart of 'Seminole Spirit' is a thirty-piece fine art collection produced on exquisite handmade Japanese paper. The works will be unveiled at the gala opening event at Stephan Weiss Studio, the place that James refers to as the 'spiritual home' to all of his Nomad Two Worlds art collaborations.
The essence of Nomad Two Worlds is collaboration, preservation of culture and 'moving forward together'. For Seminole Spirit James has imagined and brought to life a single character to represent these core values who is represented by super-model Behati Prinsloo. Ms.Prinsloo was taken deep into Seminole lands to be photographed and filmed in extraordinary themes that reference Seminole culture. The outcome is a message of progression and modern day relevance that is delivered in sensual and dramatic themes through the vision of James.
The launch event will be hosted and attended by an A-list group of celebrities and dignitaries who are supporters of James unique and passionate approach to resolution of cultural conflict through art.
The installation will be open for public viewing in the days following the opening.
Hosts, special guests and gala launch event details to be announced January 2015.