This week, we welcome artist James Cullinane, a visual artist and poet based in Jackson Heights. Cullinane received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in 1979. His work has been exhibited locally and nationally. In 2001 he was a resident at the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, a participant in the 2002 Artists in the Marketplace 22, Emerging Artist Program, at The Bronx Museum and in 2004 he was a resident at the Spaces World Artist Program in Cleveland, OH. He lives and maintains his studio in New York City.
Cullinane is interested in pattern as a product of process. In his works, “geometry and pattern are built up patiently until the edifice begins to topple…until process is built on top of process without concern for appearance of the thing. Then and only then after lying on wait for weeks or months, can you hope to escape down the labyrinthine path that geometry has created. A painting may begin to form if it’s not wrecked or compromised along the way.”
Cullinane is also the author of “Found a Little Jawbone,” a chapbook of poetry published in 2015 by soundBarn press ( http://soundbarn.blogspot.com/ )
The passengerless jets descend toward the stricken city in slow arcs through the cloudless
Does the silent plague take 200 more today?
Do souls fly?
Does the Verdi I play
from the 8th floor drift toward
the reefer trailers outside Elmhurst Hospital
stacked with corpses gone viral?
Here in immigrant working class Queens
where even the handrail of the 7 train
is a death grip.
Protect my child
for death is everywhere as
cardinals sing full throated
and magnolias bloom lushly
through the pestilent hush.
This is the empty Spring of a wounded Earth
as dolphins cavort in Venetian canals
now that the gondolas are gone.
This is the Spring of surgical masks
and daffodils and washing our hands
of all of it.
(NYC March 2020)