The Hyde Park Art Center presented the first survey of work by the Chicago-based artist James Garret Faulkner in Hints for the Tourist, guest curated by Michael Rooks of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu with HPAC Director of Exhibitions Allison Peters Quinn. Working principally in collage since the mid-1980s, Faulkner has draw upon his interests in art, architecture, history, literature and mythology which he has pursued and explored in countless travels abroad to destinations such as Egypt, France, Poland, Turkey, and Yemen. Faulkner’s collages and objects reveal an insatiable curiosity about the world in which we live and the people with whom we share it, offering his singular slant and sentiments about the things that occupy his imagination. Recalling Oscar Wilde’s observation that, “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation” (De Profundis, 1905), Faulkner is an original voice in an open-ended conversation that can be both charming and provocative, but always interesting and often very funny.
About James Garrett Faulkner
James Garrett Faulkner studied Chicago’s Institute of Design (now IIT) in the 1950s with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Alongside his studio practice, Faulkner has been an avid collector of contemporary art in Chicago, lectured on various historical and art-related topics, and has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. His works are included in numerous private collections in Chicago and elsewhere in the United States.