Inspired by personal interactions, professional experiences, and pictures and text fragments culled from magazines, websites, and junk mail, James Ackerley Porter’s work is filled with stark visual contrasts and subtle textures. Drawing on a fascination with mass media, religion and popular culture, and a love for the quirkiness of his own family’s interpersonal dynamic, Porter’s Watch & Adsorb features highly graphic collages alongside refreshingly simple portraits filled with humor and imagination.
James Ackerley Porter was born in Seattle, Washington in 1967. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Drawing from Central Washington University in 1995. Exhibitions featuring his work include: Ulterior Motifs IV at The Art Guys World Headquarters, Camp Marfa in Marfa Texas, and Redundant Recursions at G Gallery. His solo exhibitions include This Conversation Does Not Include You, at Tacoma Contemporary and Ingram Hall University Art Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University. He also works under the pseudonym of Franklin Ackerley with Texas artist Jeff Franklin Wheeler. Porters works reside in private collections across the country. Previously the senior Preparator for the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington, he recently relocated to Wichita, Kansas, to be the Designer/Preparator for the Ulrich Museum of Art.