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Goetemann Artist Talk: James Douglas Coleman, Environmental/Installation Artist

August 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

The Goetemann Artist Residency (GAR), part of The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC), welcomes artist James Douglas Coleman. Coleman will present a talk at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck (6 Wonson Street), on Monday, August 30 at 7 PM. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit rockyneckartcolony.org or call 978-515-7004.

James Douglas Coleman is the 2021 Environmental/Installation Artist of the Goetemann Artist Residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony. Selected by a jury, the Environmental/Installation artists are encouraged to work outdoors and develop their ideas and concepts pertaining to the region concurrently working on a “site-specific” installation located at Ocean Alliance on Rocky Neck. The artist resides at the GAR Studio on Madfish Wharf (77 Rocky Neck Ave) for the month of September.

Coleman is a conceptual artist who will explore the following ideas during his stay on Rocky Neck. He seeks to translate history through the object which is the landscape. He will start from Ocean Alliance and begin his measuring there.  His search is about tracing the rocky coast and the harbor formation and perhaps the quarries, or the route of indigenous peoples on this land.

Coleman is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture and the University at Buffalo. He has conducted survey events throughout Europe and the United States including Waterloo, Belgium; Verdun, France; Austerlitz, Czechia; and Petersburg, Virginia. The artifacts of these events include videos, drawings, field notes, and data sets which have been shown in group shows in New Haven and New York. Learn more at http://jamesdcoleman.com/.

James Douglas Coleman Artist Statement 2021

“As my primary tool in the process of interpretation, land surveys are not merely an accurate measurement, they are a translation of a terrain into a topographic diagram that allows other forms to intervene. The diagram is a synthesis of the terrain and its interpretation through a corresponding metric.

            My work utilizes surveys and their effects as material from which markers, monuments, formations, and maps are geometrically constructed to engage and contend with contemporary understandings of space-making and movement, resulting in site-specific installations and catalogues of data.

            The Gloucester area offers continuous archeological evidence of alterations to the terrain and harbor that act as a measure of its societal activity, including substantial remnants of indigenous societies’ geospatial structures, industrialized granite extraction, and harbor formation, that will be explored through the means of survey.”

Coleman closes out his residency with a talk at Ocean Alliance(32 Horton Street) on Thursday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m.  This program is free and open to the public and is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


August 30, 2021
7:00 pm


Rocky Neck Art Colony


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
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(978) 515-7004