"Artist James Gortner scavenges old artworks at second-hand stores, on the street and at colleges after students have moved out. The artist bolts the disparate images together and paints over them, creating new, allegory-rich, mysterious narratives to meld with the old ones envisioned by the previous painters.
...His final works, frame and all, straddle the line between painting, sculpture and collage. The Tarot references give titles to Gortner's artworks and let him reinterpret classic themes in ways that are open-ended. 'Art is like a tarot card. It's a projectable space. A person can figure out what's going on for themselves,' he says. 'It opens up a visual space in your psyche.'"