Picking Up the Pieces: Work by Jim Condron
October 27 - November 22
Reception: Thursday, November 9 at 5:30 pm in McManus Theatre
featuring a conversation between Jim Condron and Ann Landi
Julio Fine Arts Gallery presents Picking Up the Pieces by Jim Condron. According to Ann Landi, "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." Condron is a painter and his handling of paint is luscious. The tiny ‘complexes’ he now creates combine the effluvia of life (candy wrappers, fur bits, milk cartons) with paint. Memories of his life and from art history stimulate the pieces whose titles, such as, Although he was missing a few teeth his presence was not displeasing, provide clues to the artist’s thinking.
Of special note, Ann Landi will attend the reception on Thursday, Nov. 9, via Skype, in McManus Theatre at 5:30 for a “conversation about art” with Jim Condron. For twenty years, Ann Landi has written about art for the Huffington Post, ARTnews and the Wall Street Journal. Recently she started the website Vasari21 which has information about building a life as a professional artist. Landi is known for radio interviews with the likes of Eric Fischl and Peter Plagens.
Condron, originally from Long Island, NY and Connecticut, lives and works in Baltimore. Condron earned his MFA at the Leroy E. Hofffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Art and English from Colby College, Waterville, ME. He also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. 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.