Joseph Clayes III Gallery
Jim Machacek: CODES/Prints, Collage and Artist’s Books
March 31–May 5, 2007
The San Diego-based artist and printmaker presented new work featuring etchings, collages, and artist’s books that tell their own stories -- reflecting Machacek’s recurring interest in symbols, secrets and codes, and exploring how they intersect our lives. This new series combined text and letterform with imagery, inventing new, personal language and imbuing found ephemera with personal myth and iconography to take the viewer on a rich visual exploration of the artist’s eclectic and favorite subjects. Many of the works weave the biographic with images of pure invention and fantasy, inviting the viewer to decipher these “codes” and the find the artist’s story, or perhaps tell the viewer’s own.