Photo by © Charles A. Smith 2014
Felandus Thames is a conceptual artist living and practicing in the greater New York area. Born in Mississippi, Thames attended the graduate program in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University where he received his MFA in 2010. He has been included in exhibitions at the Kravets Wehby Gallery, Tilton Gallery, Heather James Gallery, Charles H. Wright Museum, USF Contemporary Art Museum, International Center for Printmaking New York, African American Museum of Philadelphia, Mississippi Museum of Art, Yale University, Wesleyan University, Columbia University, Art Hamptons, Art LA, The Texas Contemporary, and Miami Basel.
Thames serves as Visiting Critic to Rhode Island School of Design’s MFA in Printmaking program. Media appearances are numerous and periodicals include the New York Times, Politico Magazine, International Review of African American Art and Art in America. Thames’ work can be found in myriad of private and public collections both in the United States and abroad.
I am interested in our relationship to the ready-made and how they can become surrogates for their user's ethnology and gender. My work attempts to transcend didacticisms that are typically associated with anachronistic understandings of representation and instead aligns itself with ideas around the taxonomy of human difference. I am also interested in the interplay between the personal narrative and the imagined. And I use humor, increasingly important to the work, as it allows the viewer to ease into disconcerting motifs. Because I desire to make objects that have a life beyond that of my initial intent, the work-often probing and unsettling-poses questions rather than answers them. It shifts the beholder's role from voyeur to participant, and complicates my personal relationship to the work.