James Angel: Turning Points

Artlink is proud to announce the opening of James Angel: Turning Points at the mood room in midtown Phoenix at Part Central. This survey of paintings and videos includes work from 2006 to the present and includes the debut of a new series of paintings as part of the mood room’s commitment to showing works which were meant to be exhibited during the shelter-at-home period, but which were cancelled and not renewed at this time. This first exhibition in our ongoing series of renewed shows was originally scheduled for the month of March at FOUND:RE Contemporary.

James Angel: Turning Points – The breadth of Angel’s art practice includes investigations into issues like science and physics, mutation and adaptation, non-linear dynamics and quantum mechanics, as well as science fiction and speculative futures in an effort to better understand our place in the cosmos. The range of pictorial imagery in this show, both abstract and naturalistic, represents Angel’s ongoing investigations into the hidden relationships that define the world around us. Motifs from geometry, iconography, nature, and the digital realm all collide on Angel’s canvasses, which speak to the different types of encounters we can have both within and beyond the visual spectrum.

Never hemmed in by a particular style or mode of expression, it is the interrelations between different works and larger groups of ideas that makes Angel’s oeuvre unique in the world of contemporary art today. Often hung in a bricolage format, the opened-ended nature of Angel’s installations allow viewers to draw their own conclusions by inviting multiple readings of any group of work in relation to a myriad of possible associations, connotations and disparate forms of pictorial denotation. This mid-career survey of an artist who has been exhibiting in the Valley for more than two decades represents an opportunity to celebrate the singular vision and commitment of one of Arizona’s most inspired voices.

Bio: James Angel is recognized as a major contributor to an emerging downtown Phoenix arts scene. He is one of the founders of the artist collective 3CARPILEUP and the annual Chaos Theory event. Angel has studied under and worked with several well-known artists and publishers and has exhibited in many galleries and museums. Most recently his work was included in the Bushwick Open Studios Event in New York, the Torrance Art Museum in California and awarded a place in Tilt Gallery’s recent juried exhibition, Infinite Possibilities: Art of Tomorrow.

The mood room Open House is this Saturday, July 18, from noon to 9 p.m. at 3121 North 3rd Ave, unit 100, Phoenix, AZ. 85013. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Questions and inquires about the exhibition can be directed to Grant Vetter at grant@artlinkphx.org or 480.760.1709

This exhibition was originally organized by Brandi Read and Caroline Estelle, who are co-curators at FOUND:RE Contemporary. It was scheduled to run from March 19-April 10, 2020. It is the first installment of the Recovery Exhibition series organized by Artlink for the mood room at Park Central in midtown Phoenix.

Please Note: In keeping with local and national health recommendations for re-opening businesses we are taking the strictest precautions to sanitize our facilities and provide on-site guidelines for social distancing and other measures. We ask that you please join us in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask to openings and observing current social distancing guidelines or six feet or more. We will be putting work online for those who would like to view it from home and we are open during the week as well as by appointment for those who want to have private viewings. The mood room has plenty of room to practice safe social distancing but we are limiting patrons who visit the video project room upstairs to 2 per viewing at this time. We will regulate access during regular gallery hours and we ask for your understanding and continued support in keeping our community healthy and safe.


James Angel: Turning Points, 2005-Present / 192 pages Hardcover


James Angel: Turning Points, Counterpoints and other Pointed Measures in Unalloyed Aesthetic Experience. 

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The mood room is a new gallery concept by Artlink, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that seeks to address the needs of 21st century artistic practice. More than just an exhibition venue, the mood room is an interdisciplinary art space that was founded in 2020 via a partnership with Park Central and with support from Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Located in midtown Phoenix, the mood room aims to connect the services that Artlink provides to artists, art venues and partner organizations while supporting cultural creatives through new opportunities to exhibit, engage and grow the influence of their art practice.