‪SLC's exhibit of photographs, paintings by Door County artist James Cagle opens Feb. 25

Posted On February 03, 2016



Jim Cagle’s “MIA Classical Profile” (archival digital pigment print, 2013) evokes a sense of beholding.

Silver Lake College will present the exhibit, “Photographs. Paintings,” by James Cagle from Feb. 25 through March 25.

The exhibit will be shown in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on the first floor of the main building on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Cagle compares and contrasts his recent paintings and photographs.

 “On the surface, the two seem quite separate: the photographs are realistic and detailed and have a strong sense of the concrete; the paintings are small and spare, composed essentially of geometric shapes,” he said.

 “Conceptually, my objectives for both are similar and reflect an interest which has dominated my thinking for most of my life, that is, they are highly formalistic, tightly composed and very concerned with the rectangle and its edges as an ordering device,” Cagle said.

 “The paintings are similar in their formal, geometric concerns. The photographs reflect different subject matter, but what they share in common is formality and a sense of enigma, a feeling that there is more otherness in the image than what meets the eye,” he said.

 “The notion of ‘thingness,’ — a concept that things are inherently peculiar, distinct and interesting in themselves and their arrangements, not just in their utilitarian values/associations — interests me,” Cagle said.

 ‪Cagle, who lives in Door County, is a St. Norbert College Professor Emeritus of Art.

 Hours of the exhibit are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.