James Jean

Slingshot Requiem (Relief)

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Wooden framed steel relief with bandaged slingshot, Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean
Wooden framed steel relief with bandaged slingshot, Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean
Wooden framed steel relief with bandaged slingshot, Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean - side view

Slingshot Requiem captures a moment of respite in the aftermath of adventure — his namesake weapon inverted to become a wishbone and his body, once poised to fight, now wrapped in bandages. The work was inspired by the multimode chaos of the last 18 months, and a widely felt need to take stock and reflect before pushing forwards once again.

Carved, polished, and sandblasted from a piece of quarter inch thick steel then heat treated to create a lustrous blue, purple and silver patina, the edition of 54 arrives mounted in a bespoke, white-washed solid maple frame. Developed and produced by Lamina, a new print house established by Brad Keech and James Jean, extensive hand-working and a unique surface finish mean that each relief could easily be considered an original artwork.

Edition size
54 editions
Dimensions
Framed: 38.8cm x 30.1cm x 4.4cm
Medium
Heat-treated steel relief in bespoke maple wood frame.
Framing Options
The frame is hand finished with a pickling white washed stain, and a protective clear finish.
Finishing
On the reverse, an iridescent image of Slingshot’s original incarnation is accompanied by the edition number and artist’s signature.
Release date
October 27, 2021
Behind the scenes
a close up of a metal relief done for Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean, in the metal workshop
a close up of a metal relief plate done for Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean, in the metal workshop
a snapshot of burning a relief plate for Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean, in the metal workshop
a pair of hands holding a metal plate for Slingshot (Steel Relief) by James Jean, assembling process - close up
More about James Jean

James Jean was born in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to New Jersey, USA with his family at a young age. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.