Merlin James: Secret World

Sharon Butler blogs about the exhibition Merlin James on view at Sikkema Jenkins through August 12, 2011. Butler writes that James' new works are "handcrafted relief-like objects that look like the backs of framed canvases..." She adds that they are "[quirky, smart and complex], conjuring, in their apparent reverse perspective, a secret world behind the canvas, and, more broadly, the civilization embedded in geography."