My latest drawings refer to the nonsensical machinations that came to light in the recent recession. Our economy is this large, uncontrollable system filled with both random acts of fate as well as focused, immoral manipulations. Like everyone, I desired a simple explanation, and so I asked myself if there was a graph which could explain the situation, what would it look like it? Using a column chart format, I first graphed a set of completely random values generated by polyhedral dice. The columns are then colored according to how many other columns they overlap, as if transparent, creating different depths and densities marked by color. Since this data was generated by chance, the ability to create a straightforward, analysis of the graph is negated. You can see a system at work, but you can’t easily explain why. The series alludes to the varying levels of order, chaos, transparency, and bankruptcy we are experiencing.
Born in Washington, DC, James Bills studied mathematics and fine arts at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and received his Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal program at the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. In 2011, he participated in the Artist in the Market (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and his work was selected for the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center in New York, NY. A mixture of his interest in fantasy role playing games, information visualization and decorative arts, his work has been exhibited in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia and New York City.