24 January 2017
Everything has its place; and place is everything
James Tolich’s fastidious photographs make his subjects look almost like a 2D replica of themselves, a grand experiment in a change of perspective and point of view. Pristine and stark, with crisp colours and clever motifs, Tolich’s witty and stylised studies present us with a patchwork array of quotidian items and people in customary settings. Everything has its place; and place is everything.
Originally hailing from New Zealand, James flits between New York and Sydney working in both commercial and artistic fields. His portraits of domestic outcasts, immaculately lit still lifes set against pulsing, colourful backgrounds and locations have an almost classic, painterly quality to them that one might expect from Hockney or De Chirico. Juxtaposing a broad palette of textures, characters and objects, his photographs detail the diversity of the everyday, with a keen sense of composition that frames and unites aspects of the commonplace.