AN ARTIST USES THE TECHNIQUE DECISIVELY TO SHAPE AND SUGGEST STORIES
by Edward M. Gómez
Today, James McManus, who is known to everyone, including his twin brother, as “Jim,” lives with his wife, the artist Laura McManus (brutjournal, October 2021), on a bank of the east branch of the Delaware River in the town of Hancock, in upstate New York. Nearby, the west branch of that waterway serves as the border with neighboring Pennsylvania.
The two artists occupy a two-story building that was designed to include a retail space on its upper floor, which faces a street; that floor houses the couple’s gallery and a shop selling design objects and imported kilims. Below, its lower level opens up onto a wide, long back yard that stretches out to meet the water’s edge.
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