Jim Condron '92 at a recent solo exhibition of his work in New York. Playful, offbeat, and insouciant are words that may come to mind as you view the sculptures of Jim Condron '92. Made primarily with castoff materials and the detritus of everyday life, Condron's constructions have a casual air about them. Spend a bit of time with them, though, and the calculated craft and visual sophistication soon will make an impression. Part dumpster-diver and part conjurer, Condron wrests from seemingly unpromising items a surprising elegance beyond their humble means. More laden with history and meaning than any raw material you could pick up in an art supply store, the objects Condron employs in his sculpture bring their own baggage, and he likes it that way. “Discarded fragments carry a history, and I embed that history—the life of the object—into my pieces,” he wrote in an artist statement. A chunk of a chair, a used glove, or a scrap of argyle fabric all have associations of use or culture attached to them. The combination of these objects in the sculptures—some of which are immediately discernible and others which are more obscure—inspire viewers to seek connections and potential meaning. “I believe that the objects sort of knit something together,” said Condron. “They contain a history, and so when I put them together, they enter into a dialogue.” Grace Hartigan's things by Jim Condron is a tribute to Hartigan, an abstract expressionist painter. The piece includes a pair of her painting shoes and a paint-mixing stick. Laden with history and meaning, the objects Condron employs in his sculpture bring their own baggage. “Discarded fragments carry a history, and I embed that history—the life of the object—into my pieces,” he said. They're so intimate, there isn't any privacy by Jim Condron. Your empty hand shows me off by Jim Condron. Condron , an artist based in Baltimore and New York, double majored in art history and English, and then attended the New York Studio School to continue his training. A decade later he earned an M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College […]
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