JAMES NARES:
MONUMENTS

Kasmin is pleased to present an exhibition of James Nares’ newest body of work, entitled Monuments, on view at 509 West 27th Street between May 23 – June 29, 2019.

New York City's oldest surviving downtown sidewalks were made almost 200 years ago by immigrant masons who lined the streets with giant paving stones of solid granite. These monolithic slabs they then chiseled with improvised marks and designs, to prevent pedestrians from slipping. These carvings have withstood the erosion of time and foot traffic, leaving a record of free thought and personal markings from the hands and minds of long-forgotten workmen.

Nares made wax frottage rubbings of selected stones and brought them back to his studio where he gilded them with 22-carat gold. Hanging vertically on the wall, they are shining monuments to whom he calls, "the unknown souls whose touch still lingers on the city's sidewalks."

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James Nares

Lafayette VII

2019

22k gold leaf on Evolon

149 1/2 x 68 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
379.7 x 174 x 6.3 cm

“They appeal to me because they were little touches of someone’s humanity laid bare on the sidewalk.”

James Nares

James Nares

Greenwich I

2018

22k gold leaf on Evolon

132 3/4 x 55 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches
337.2 x 141.6 x 6.3 cm

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James Nares

Lafayette VI

2019

22k gold leaf on Evolon

149 1/2 x 73 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches
379.7 x 187.3 x 6.3 cm

“I wanted to make some kind of monument to the anonymous people who laid them first.”

James Nares

James Nares

Prince II

2018

22k gold leaf on Evolon

86 1/8 x 54 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
218.8 x 137.8 x 6.3 cm

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James Nares

Bowery

2019

22k gold leaf on Evolon

91 x 58 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
231.1 x 148 x 6.3 cm

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James Nares

Prince V

2019

22k gold leaf on Evolon

87 1/2 x 49 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
222.3 x 125.1 x 6.3 cm

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James Nares

Driggs I

2018

22k gold leaf on Evolon

121 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
308 x 61.6 x 6.3 cm

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