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MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Artist StatementMy most recent works are lyrical paintings, constructions that incorporate remnants, wood, foam, cement, scrap metal, plastic, and repurposed animal fur. For twenty years, I applied paint on canvas everyday with a disciplined will. I worked to push thought out of the way, to transmit something raw through pigment in a liquid medium. Painting became too rigid, fixed, confining. My work lost its humor. I had to quit. Once I quit, I let go. Once I let go, I learned to see a great degree of dimensionality in art and beauty. I now see beauty and history in the trite objects of everyday life. Discarded fragments carry a history and I embed that history, the life of the object, the texture and beauty of it, into my pieces. My work gives agency to the castoff remnants, bits, chunks, and paint. Unexpected mergers and combinations are coerced into a dynamic visual dialogue. Some of my pieces are in conversation with Sienese and early Renaissance paintings by Giotto, Sassetta, and Fra Angelico. Some confront more contemporary works. Each piece is titled with a textual fragment from a story that intends to add to the work’s rhetoric rather than naming or defining it. Titles are taken from literature by a range of great authors such as Don DeLillo, James Salter, Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Gogol, Oscar Wilde, Hunter Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemmingway, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and others.
Originally from Long Island, NY and Connecticut, Jim Condron lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Condron earned his MFA at the Hofffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and a BA in Art and English from Colby College, Waterville, ME (1992). He also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (1993-'95). Since 1993, Condron has studied with Rohini Ralby, the artist's mentor. His work appears nationally and internationally in galleries and museums as well as in corporate, university, public and private collections. Condron is a recent recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, a Gottlieb Foundation grant and a Maryland State Arts Council grant for sculpture.