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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

J JORDAN BURNS

J JORDAN BURNS

Artist Work

Rebirth
2007
graphite
42x42"
Swerve
2007
pencil
42x42"
Westside Market
2010
enamel paint, oil paint, shellac, wood stain
24x36"
Babel
2006
enamel paint, oil paint, shellac, wood stain
60x48"
Gust
2010
enamel paint, oil paint, shellac, wood stain
12x24"
Jenga
2010
graphite
21x14"

Artist Information

Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am interested in stationary objects. In particular, stone. Not many things made of stone move, mostly because it’s heavy. Steal is heavy, but we use steal while commuting everyday with planes and cars. Stone on the other hand, is stationary, lifeless, motionless, and stagnant but it’s fused with an abundance of history. Empires are even built with the help of stone. Rome above all, is my favorite example. Many a civilization tries to mimic the strength and permanence of Rome. The new empire will borrow blueprints and build monuments that suggest the prominence of the once great empire. I don’t have blueprints. My drawings and paintings develop from spills of paint or smudges of graphite. I start to see the full image as I construct the piece. But civilizations, like Rome, fall, and stone begins to move when the walls and buildings crumble. Stone stirs again when civilizations are built, brick by brick. In my work, I imagine both growth and ruin happening simultaneously. I aim to depict stone as organic, “tired of being stationary,” and it develops energy of its own. The stone is done with being oppressed by gravity. It bursts, becomes light, changes its form, and collaborates with other stones to form structures or vortexes. It has ups and downs, creates problems and solutions. Sometimes I feel like the stone, as I hate being stationary.

Artist Bio

J. Jordan Bruns was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (1982). In 2004, he received a B.F.A in Painting as well as Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art, and received his M.F.A. in Painting at Indiana University in 2007. Apart from his current body of work, he is an accomplished landscape painter, spending 8 months living out of his car painting North America. His current work focuses on the cycle of growth and destruction that occurs in humanity. His catalyst for the metaphor is derived largely from his personal experiences, while his imagery resulted from living and working in Florence in the summer of 2007. His exhibitions have been viewed across the United States from a solo show in the Indiana University Art Museum to the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, MO. Currently, he is a resident artist in the Chautauqua Tower in Glen Echo Park, while teaching at the Yellow Barn, studio and gallery.