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James Halvorson (MAP #101)

A Circus is A Written Law
Watercolor, Ink, Typewriting, Graphite
5.5″ x 5.25″

History of Science
Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Dictionary Page, Oil Pastel
8″ x 10.5″

Rehearsing for Reciteals
Acrylic, conte, pen, charcoal, graphite, collage, oil pastel
18″ x 14″

Process invention, language building, meditations on the interplay of meanings. By combining various images and using elements of language I ask these forms to serve other purposes. Let them make new arrangements of chance by necessity.

I choose objects that are not easily identified and create narratives by loosening their meanings. I allow these images and forms autonomy to determine the narrative in which we find them. Our web of knowledge, which are certainties formed by our personal histories, are received by these works. I source through studies in history, economics, ecology, philosophy and enjoy fusing my interests with a researched based approach to art.

I work primarily in collage of photo, found and print paper, acrylic mixed media, introducing into the medium material such as charcoal, graphite, compressed watercolor, acrylic, conte, and oil pastel. I enjoy obsolete reference books. The compositions combine abstraction, text, and image with interwoven investigations of cultural touchstones.

In 2007 I resumed part time studio practice to move away from purely on non-objective painting. During my residency at Montana Artists’ Refuge in 2010, I discovered ideas that are the root formations of my conceptual framework. In 2011 began to work small, focused on hybrid text forms, 2012 used letter press, made installations, 2013 created my first performance piece, 2014 completed mixed media and a graphite series that was accepted by Linus Gallery in Pasadena, CA.

James Halvorson was raised on the High Plains of the Western Dakotas, he received his BFA in Painting from the University of South Dakota in 1998. His mixed media work integrates disparate cultural residue for an investigation of humanity’s acts, and its remnants as their effects persist. His subject matter is intended to explore the idea of how our collective agreement on truth is formed and it’s reconciliation on individual terms.


Media: acrylic, drawing & colored pencil, mixed media 2D

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