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Jonathan Durham
updated: 11/13/2011
website: www.jonathandurham.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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JoLo Snakebite
Fanny and the Snake Handlers
Delivery of a Sign (1915-1975)
Revivals and Submissions
Daniel's Dream Sculpture and the Base of Clay
The Final Trumpet Call
The Presbyterian Fade
Loss and Exuberant Loss
May All Your Horizons Lack Bronze
Wrekage Compression
Untitled (Blue Crash)
The Service Hymnal that Hated
A Nice Trenchcoat Won't Hide What Happened in LA
Snake Bite
God-Shaped Vacuum
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, narrative, collage, abstract, spiritual, violence, text, psychological
 
 
JoLo Snakebite by Jonathan Durham
JoLo Snakebite
aluminum/gold leaf, collage, graphite, acrylic wash and graphite on paper
2008
11" x  8" 
Fanny and the Snake Handlers by Jonathan Durham
Fanny and the Snake Handlers
graphite and aluminum leaf on paper
2008
14" x  11" 
Delivery of a Sign (1915-1975) by Jonathan Durham
Delivery of a Sign (1915-1975)
aluminum/gold leaf, collage, and graphite on paper
2008
14" x  11" 
Revivals and Submissions by Jonathan Durham
Revivals and Submissions
graphite drawing/frottage, chalk and collage
2008
14" x  11" 
Daniel's Dream Sculpture and the Base of Clay by Jonathan Durham
Daniel's Dream Sculpture and the Base of Clay
gold and aluminum leaf, graphite, oil clay on paper
2006
8" x  9" 
The Final Trumpet Call by Jonathan Durham
The Final Trumpet Call
graphite drawing and frottage on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
The Presbyterian Fade by Jonathan Durham
The Presbyterian Fade
graphite drawing/frottage, and collage on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
Loss and Exuberant Loss by Jonathan Durham
Loss and Exuberant Loss
aluminum/gold leaf, graphite and oil clay on paper
2007
11" x  31" 
May All Your Horizons Lack Bronze by Jonathan Durham
May All Your Horizons Lack Bronze
aluminum leaf, collage, spray paint, graphite and collage on paper
2006
11" x  27" 
Wrekage Compression by Jonathan Durham
Wrekage Compression
oil clay, aluminum leaf, chalk and graphite on paper
2006
11" x  31" 
Untitled (Blue Crash) by Jonathan Durham
Untitled (Blue Crash)
graphite and aluminum leaf on paper
2006
11" x  31" 
The Service Hymnal that Hated by Jonathan Durham
The Service Hymnal that Hated
graphite drawing and frottage on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
A Nice Trenchcoat Won't Hide What Happened in LA by Jonathan Durham
A Nice Trenchcoat Won't Hide What Happened in LA
graphite and aluminum leaf on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
Snake Bite by Jonathan Durham
Snake Bite
PVC, Gunter's Chain, shotgun shells, rabbit turds, paint, cigars
2011
Dimensions variable
God-Shaped Vacuum by Jonathan Durham
God-Shaped Vacuum
PVC, protoplast, cinema seats, water pump, hymnal shelves, timer, water, mineral oil
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Annie: Who would want to kill Mr. Warbucks?
Grace: The Bolsheviks, dear. He's living proof that the American system really works and the Bolsheviks don't want anyone to know about that.
Annie: The Bolsheviks? Leapin' lizards! 

Once when I was 5 or 6 and sitting in church with my mom I stuck my middle finger up during the preaching to ask her what it meant. At the time it was an honest question. Her hands quickly covered mine but not before the entire sanctuary went silent and the preacher stopped and stared at us. The sanctuary was a vacuum.  I could feel pews shaking behind me and I was aware of this in the back of my neck. This was a very sculptural sensation for me.

In my work I try to mingle the sensitivities I’ve developed in sculpture, drawing and video with my understanding of dominant political/religious structures and the smaller communities that operate as markers of resistance to these institutions.  Many times I'm trying to let go of the forms in my drawings. The figures, landscapes, and objects seem about to crack apart or dissolve. Whatever may be central in the work - a crashed helicopter, a figure playing the guitar, a preacher handling snakes, there is always a very active or violent set of processes in the same space that threaten to diminish it.

Artist Bio / CV
JONATHAN DURHAM

www.jonathandurham.net

2000     M.F.A., UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

1997    B.A., Studio Art, BA Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

SELECTED  EXHIBITIONS

2011

Them That Believe, (solo),  Recess, NY, NY

Parts and Labor, Abrons Arts Center, NY, NY

Touched By Virginia – Sculpture from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Sept – Nov.

2010     

Emerging Artist Fellowship: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

Gimme Shelter, Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, NY

 2009

2nd Harvest, selected video screenings curated by Ana Wolovick, Michael Stickrod & Michel Auder,  Brooklyn, NY.

 Learning By Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Part II)curated by Allison de Lima Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Buffet—All You Can Eat Video, in partnership with           DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture show, DiverseWorks flickerlounge, Houston, TX

2008   

Outpost, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

Houston Area Exhibit, Curated by Claudia Schmuckli, Blaffer Galley, Universtiy of Houston. Houston, TX.                                                                                                  

Material Culture, Curated by Fancis Colpitt, in conjuction with CAA, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX.

2007   

New American Talent, The Twenty-Second Exhibition, Curated by Anne Ellegood, Arthouse at The Jones Center, Austin, TX

Core Artist in Residence Exhibition, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2006 

Drawing/Inside Out, Curated by Michel White, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX