Jamie Horgan is a carpenter that builds mostly custom furniture and cabinetry in Boston, MA, and sometimes he gets together with his friends, or crosses paths with a bit of inspiration during some down time between jobs, and makes something else. Most of this work is site specific or event specific - he often devotes too much time to one night events. He occasionally exhibits the work in galleries, but prefers opportunities to work outside or with a community outside of the urban art world. Rather than evocative, he prefers the work to be experiential.
Middle Kingdom is an ongoing collaborative music and art endeavor with his friend and fellow artist, Alex. Alex is an electronics wizard and obsessed with experimental and drone music. They have traveled the world together making friends, purveying experimental music, and the value of building your own instruments for to make song with. Jamie has also worked extensively with his brother, Luke, a much better, and more humble artist than he. A rare occasion, what they make embodies the spontaneity and play of a child with no supervision, resurrecting their shared experiences as children of the woods.
"In working with others, I am able to find inspiration worth acting upon in the name of art. It is not in myself, but in others that genius, individuality, curiosity, and passion become observable, and that inspires me."
His work is the culmination of ideas surrounding obsolescence, woodworking, craft, cross-generational skill trade, and his appreciation for manual labor. Stemming from general concerns about the ways in which the world is changing, and the level of awareness or unawareness of people who participate in or embrace those changes, he questions whether or not we understand or know how to value those changes. Through a process of play and direct engagement with his environment, he is able to discover inspiration in objects, materials, and places that embody a nexus between natural and cultural establishment. By drawing comparisons between the past and the present, resurrecting what has become mundane to a position of consideration, or by challenging viewers to question what they are actually looking at, his work in turn challenges the establishments, institutions, and social paradigms woven into the fabric of modern society, and defines how we so often forget or fail to engage with the world in meaningful ways.