Join us at the Saint John Arts Centre on Saturday, October 31 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM for the launch of James Wilson’s new book, ‘Social Studies’.
Goose Lane Editions in partnership with the Saint John Arts Centre invites you to meet the artist as you explore a selection of James Wilson’s stunning studio portraits. Copies of this long-awaited volume will be available for purchase with the opportunity to have it signed by the artist!
Please be advised that guests are required to wear a mask and follow all social distancing protocol while visiting the Saint John Arts Centre.
Social Studies is the culmination of 30 years of capturing the faces of our community. There’s something strange, interesting, unsettling yet wonderfully compelling about these portraits, which reveal perhaps more than they should.
“The same stage, but different actors,” explains Wilson. “There is something interesting to me about separating people from their environment, about keeping the focus on the individual.”
James Wilson’s studio portraits capture subjects from all walks of life. They document soldiers and street people, builders and bakers, artists and labourers. There is an intimate intensity in his photographs, which together form a timeless collage of life and faces from the early twenty-first century.
Wilson’s portraits are also the product of a purposeful gaze, distinctive observations in black-and-white. All window-lit, all photographed in his studio, all with the same black background, these photographic portraits open a door into the worlds and at times the unguarded emotions of the individual subjects.