James Bills – Golden Parachutes
Monday, 11 March 2013
Golden Parachutes, Rx8xR – James Bills
James Bills series of projection drawings, Golden Parachutes, are generated by random numbers obtained from a series of of polyhedral dice throws. Each aleotoric drawing uses a different system, indicated by its title (such as 1xRxR or 8x8xR), to translate those numbers into indeterminate isometric lattices characterised by spectrographic elevation columns. Gold leaf gilding punctuates the upper parts of these columns resulting in illuminated grids of squares that hover above the main architectural structures.
Golden Parachutes, RxRxR – James Bills
A golden parachute (similar to a golden handshake) is a ‘no strings attached’ severance agreement between a company and an executive employee allowing the employee to receive significant benefits such as cash bonuses and stock options if employment is terminated.
The contradiction of rewarding failure, among many other illogical and immoral transactions of the financial sector, here becomes an inspiration and a focal point of transmutation in James’ drawings. It’s an alchemical procedural where he is, arguably, turning something that is shit into gold – where harmonious configurations are remodeled from rotten collapsing economic infrastructures.
Golden Parachutes, 8xRx9 – James Bills
Golden Parachutes, 8x8xR – James Bills
Golden Parachutes, 1xRxR – James Bills
Kaleidoscope Cylinder – James Bills
Class Warfare II – James Bills
Other drawings by James, such as Class Warfare II and Kaleidoscope Cylinder similarly rely on mathematical procedures to create hard-edged graphical structures.