In James Rigler’s work, we see his exploration of our perception of the mundane and what differentiates it from the exciting, through the use of architecture, everyday household objects, and scrap items for his inspiration and medium. The installation’s title was inspired by “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino. The reference “At Every Fading of the Stars” is an appropriate allusion to the array of “cultural appropriations” from which the pieces in his show drew their inspiration.
James Rigler has a style which has been described as bold, slick and vibrant. His expertly hand-crafted ceramic artworks allude to your stock standard functional items which comprise of the “flat pack, facade-driven obsessions within furniture, interiors, and architecture in Postmodern times.”
The exhibit featured columns constructed from plastic and MDF, displaying theatrical ceramic capitals across the area, complementing the Tramway’s metal pillars. These columns, along with their adornment, make a powerful impact on the space reminiscent of classical authoritarian, and yet his vibrant shades of pastel, along with the ceramics’ glossy veneer, the installation sleekly conveys an air of freshness – a new perspective into the old.
The installation featured a collection of two benches which had ceramic feet and tops which had been painted with MDF, strategically placed in order to further examine the entire space. Even though the benches were designed to emulate functional postmodern interior design, the benches provided more confusion than function. Similarly, the shiny ceramic rubbish bin placed in the centre of the space and constructed in the same form as to emulate the existing columns, nonchalantly holding discarded wallpaper is a perfect example of the twisted perception of a mundane form when it is reappropriated, its function is reassigned.
Viewers of the installation of Every Fading of the Stars enjoyed his disarming balance of surrealism and familiarity with the mundane. The viewer is asked to reconsider their previously held beliefs about everyday objects; their construction, design, and significance in history.