FERMENTATION SERIES

JAMES FREY COLLECTION

Inspired by the winemaking process, this series often incorporates layers of bold color to create dynamic paintings of structured chaos.  The kinetic energy and heat produced when native yeasts convert the grape’s sugars into wine can be felt in the warmer hues of the piece, while the darker hues remind us of the cooling elements of a cold soak that bring out a wine’s rich color.  The winemaker’s (and artist as well in this case) need to bring some control to the fermentation can be seen in the lines and geometric shapes added in an attempt to add structure to an otherwise chaotic process. Vineyard soil can also be used to add texture and help tie the piece back to a sense of place.  Great art (as well as wine) is often the perfectly balanced juxtaposition of chaos and control.