James M. Lane born in Athens is an interdisciplinary artist employing time-based media, photography, performance and installation. He studied photography at Parsons School of Design / New School for Social Research in New York and the American University of Paris. He also studied film theory at UMASS and acting at Stony Brook University. His research-based, experimental approach blurs the boundaries of the trivial to the profound, intertwining contemporary popular culture to mythology, philosophy, religion and science. He is often attempting to extract or distil organic traces of emotional and intellectual processes and decipher the mechanisms of identity, migration, trauma, catharsis, memory, dreams and the unconscious. In 2015 he initiated an ongoing multidisciplinary art project titled Allochthon exploring less visible aspects of Greek archaeology and in 2019 he founded an experimental art space called Amber Lab interweaving audio input/output with alternative film processes. In 2019 he contributed as a supporting actor in Costa Gavra’s film Adults in the Room. Since 2011 he has directed and performed a series of short and long duration experimental films, featuring the adventures of a flâneur in the Greek geography of the Underworld including feature length film Last Light (2020) and Emersion (2021).
James M. Lane has presented his work in many exhibitions internationally including Homemade Exotica, FREIRAUM in der Box, Berlin (2019-2020), Unknown Destinations Chapter III, Athens (2019), Sarajevo International Festival 2019, Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo (two person exhibition), Plus Nine +9, Iera Odos, Athens (2019), Forthcoming, Space 52, Athens (2018), The Anatomy of a Crack, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens (2018), Archaeological dialogues 2018, The Greek Archaeologist’s Association, Athens (2018), Athens 2018, Aegeanale 2015, Beauty is the Method ACG Gallery/Deree-American College of Greece, Athens (2015), Transmediale, Enclosures of Toxicity, Berlin (2015), Time Lapse, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2014), Self-Conscious, ACG Gallery/Deree-American College of Greece, Athens (2014), Unlike Festival (Oslo), Crossing Borders, 2014, Photography as Performance, Pharmakos(on), Athens Photo Festival 2013, Metavasis-Transition, Municipal Gallery of Athens, Athens (2013), Festival Miden 2013, Kalamata (2013), Alluvium, Beton7 Center for the Arts, Athens (solo exhibition 2011), Conversations With Light, Megaron (visual contributions), The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (2011), Symptomatic Greece, Freud’s Dreams Museum, St. Petersburg (2010), Art Athina 2003, Athens (2003), Antiphony, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens (solo exhibition 2002), Toxic, DESTE Foundation, Athens (2001), ARCO Art Fair, Madrid. (1999), Intragrams, In Khan Gallery, New York (solo exhibition 1998), KOPAK Public Art Consulting, Seoul (1998), Intragrams, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens (solo exhibition 1997).
The artist’s work is in public and private collections.