Jim Condron Picking up the Pieces Oct 27- Nov 22 Nov 9—Reception: 5-7pm; and artist talk with critic and writer, Ann Land, 5:30pm Please join us
Picking up the Pieces
Oct 27- Nov 22
Nov 9—Reception: 5-7pm; and artist talk with critic and writer, Ann Land, 5:30pm
Please join us on November 9th at 5:30pm for an engaging talk and lively reception at the exhibit “Picking Up the Pieces” at Loyola University. We are honored to have the revered veteran art critic and journalist Ann Landi join us over Skype to discuss Jim Condron’s show, the often overlooked but powerful Baltimore art scene, and the greater contemporary art world.
“Like a contemporary Dada master, Jim Condron finds wit and beauty in unexpected collisions between the mundane and the artful. His works are edgy and provocative, and delivered with more
calculation than may at first meet the eye. He tests the limits of his materials, while simultaneously assuring us that it’s perfectly okay to smile.” – Ann Landi
For twenty years, Ann has written about art for ARTnews, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and other major publications. Recently she started Visari21, a culmination of her years supporting, interviewing, and investigating the art world. Visari21 aims to connect contemporary artists with the information they need to navigate their careers. Ann interviews both contemporary art’s famous and under- recognized artists. Visari21 also tackles every major issue confronting 21st-century artists.
We hope that you can join us on November 9th!
Julio Fine Arts Gallery
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Satan owns the fallen world, oil, spray paint, plastic, cloth, charcoal, fur, wood, 11x8x7 inches, 2015,2017
The exhibition Picking Up the Pieces includes over 35 works of art by one of this year’s top Pollock-Krasner award winning artists Jim Condron. Condron’s pieces express humor, memory, and beauty through the combination and interaction of everyday objects, castoff remnants, and paint. Each sculpture and painting is the artist’s concoction of imagery conveying nostalgia, jocosity, and melancholy. To create his sculptural works, Condron picks up bits of physical objects that interact with mental images preserved from his personal life and art history. Worldly fragments, such as a 1970s tennis ball can, candy wrappers, or a shovel handle, transform into artistic spectacles through the artist’s craft and engagement with his subject. Objects such as the 1970s tennis ball can is at once banal and poignant, since the artist spent countless hours as a child by the courts as his mother played. Condron’s huddles of broken materials break from abstraction by proclaiming the reality of everyday life through the inclusion of domestic cultural references. Like his sculptures, Condron constructs his paintings by mixing discovered color and textural combinations with collections of visual fragments he sources from the art world and his life. Each sculpture or painting is titled with a textual fragment from a story that intends to add to the work’s discourse rather than naming or defining it. Condron’s visual explorations test the limits of color, form, texture, and the haptic.
Originally from Long Island, NY and Connecticut, Jim Condron lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Condron earned his MFA at the Leroy E. 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 has been awarded artist residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Heliker Lahotan Foundation. He is a 2017 recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant and a Maryland State Arts Council grant for sculpture.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Julio Fine Arts, Loyola University Maryland
4501 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210