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Pushing the Wall Projects: Jim Condron & Martin Dull
March 3, 2020 · Dumbo Sculpture Studio
Jim Condron Statement:
My recent works are operatic paintings and assemblage constructions where nostalgia, remorse, repression, stamina, chance, and vitality intermingle with paint, thickening mediums, solvents, adhesives, remnants, wood, foam, cement, scrap metal, plastic, repurposed animal fur, clothing, and occasionally metal, mannequins, and farm equipment. Discarded fragments carry a history and I embed that history, the life of the object, into my pieces. My work gives agency to 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.
Martin Dull Statement:
The thought process behind this current body is both toward the individual object and the specificities of the environment created when the different objects play off of one another. The creation process is non-linear, allowing each piece to infiltrate and inform the other while working in the studio. This allows for a continuity of thought and form to permeate each object — defining the individual, the whole of the work, and the space it inhabits simultaneously.