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Jim Denney
updated: 07/07/2012
website: www.jimdenney.org
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Home Base
Hallucination Drawing
Angel
Ark Drawing
Pier
Amy, Paris and Africa
Cat and Dog
Memorial (for Lizzy)
Hive
Lung
Nerves and Frog
Settlement
Arusha New York
Maintenance Drawing
Sculpture and Arusha
 
Portfolio Keywords:  social criticism, political, landscape
 
 
Home Base by Jim Denney
Home Base
mixed on paper
2012
48 " x  84 " 
Hallucination Drawing by Jim Denney
Hallucination Drawing
mixed on paper
2012
48 " x  84 " 
Angel by Jim Denney
Angel
mixed on paper
2010
48 " x  39 " 
Ark Drawing by Jim Denney
Ark Drawing
Sumi ink and acrylic on paper
2012
3.5' " x  14' " 
Pier by Jim Denney
Pier
mixed on paper
2010
39 " x  48 " 
Amy, Paris and Africa by Jim Denney
Amy, Paris and Africa
mixed on paper
2010
48" x  78" 
Cat and Dog by Jim Denney
Cat and Dog
mixed on paper
2010
48 " x  50 " 
Memorial (for Lizzy) by Jim Denney
Memorial (for Lizzy)
mixed on paper
2012
36 " x  24 " 
Hive by Jim Denney
Hive
mixed on paper
2010
48 " x  54 " 
Lung by Jim Denney
Lung
mixed on paper
2010
48" x  39" 
Nerves and Frog by Jim Denney
Nerves and Frog
mixed on paper
2010
48" x  53" 
Settlement by Jim Denney
Settlement
mixed on paper
2
48" x  49" 
Arusha New York by Jim Denney
Arusha New York
mixed on paper
2010
48 " x  74 " 
Maintenance Drawing by Jim Denney
Maintenance Drawing
mixed on paper
2010
41" x  48" 
Sculpture and Arusha by Jim Denney
Sculpture and Arusha
mixed on paper
2010
48" x  62" 

Artist Statement

Surrounded by the spectacle of our great success as a species, my work is a comment on where we find ourselves today. My paintings and drawings are about a sense of place and the end of the natural world wherever place resides.

In The End of Nature, Bill McKibben wrote if you consider nature to be the part of the world unchanged by man, then nature is indeed at an end. What we have is a constructed world, often transformed into a kind of ruin.

After Katrina, which resulted from decades of misguided mismanagement of the Delta, and the nightmare of an oil-fouled Gulf caused by a collusion of regulator and regulated, who could argue a case for continuing on this path? My pictures of racecars before their destruction in violent accidents are my best reply to those who think there’s a technological answer to the collapse of our ecosystems.

My work attempts to understand the hubris, greed, and ignorance of so many of my fellow citizens concerning the history and mechanics of our planet—many of whom believe global climate change is a fabrication and that humans saddled up dinosaurs.

I draw and paint buildings ruined before they’re completed, tables and sculptures I’ve made of discarded steel and salvaged wood. I make pictures from fragments of the natural world; fire, water and biology; photographs of my own history and travels. Often I include images of religious icons, monuments, and steel skeletons. I’m interested in slow rust and fast fire.  

I work in two different studios. The first is blocks from the newest Superfund site, the Gowanus Canal, in Brooklyn, the other in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. Both are the legacy of barbaric manipulations of nature. I often include images of the giant trees that surround my Oregon studio—remnants of forests that once covered the Northwest. They’ve stood in watch over our progress. That some are still standing gives rise to my feeling that our position as the planet’s dominant species is bleak but hopeful.


 

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS

Installation - Norwood, NYC

Temple Gallery/Tyler School of Art, Phila

Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center Performing Arts, Eugene  U of Colo

Maude I Kerns Art Ctr, Eugene

Concept Art, Pgh

Gabrielle Bryers, NYC

Cleveland St U Gallery

Mokotoff Gallery, NYC

Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon U

Projectspace, Eugene

Zenith Gallery, Pgh

SELECT GROUP SHOWS

Land Use/Misuse - Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe

Cityscape Show- George Billis, LA

Small Works - NYU, NYC

Curator's Choice, Alternative Museum, NYC

Transformative Vision: Contemp American Landscape Painting Carnegie Museum, Pgh

7 New Artists, Carnegie Museum, Pgh

Urban Pulses: Artist and the City, Frick Fine Arts, Pgh

9 Painters Invited, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC

20 Anniv. Exhibit - Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center for the Arts, Eugene

Intimate Presence, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, NYC

Habitat, w/ Harold Hoy, Robert Canaga Gallery, Eugene

Seeing the Forest 2000, Oregon State U 

Artist as Activist: Ecological Concerns in the 90s, E Carolina State U

Tacoma Art Museum, WA: Northwest Biennial; Fallen Timber 

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR: New Landscapes; NW Landscape

New Acquisitions, Mint Museum, Charlotte

Preservation of Nature: Artist’s Response Schmidt Bingham Gallery, NYC & Memphis

Unconventional Landscape, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WN

American Culture Today, La Foret Museum, Tokyo

Paper, Bklyn War Memorial

Refocus on Landscape, Sch 33, Balt, MD

Indicators, NAME Gallery, Chicago

Director’s Choice, Portland Center Vis Arts, OR

 SELECT AWARDS

Creative Enhancement Award, Pgh Foundation

NEA Fellowship: Ptg

2 Pennsylvania Indiv Fellowships: Ptg

Vera Heinz Foundation Grant

Lane Regional Arts Council Grant 

PUBLICATIONS

Land Use/Misuse, Gerald Peters Gallery

39th Folk Life Festival, Catalog, Smithsonian Institute

Bayer Collection, AG Bayer, Pgh

Fallen Timber, Tacoma Museum

Transformative Vision: Contemp American Landscape Painting,

Museum of Art, Carnegie Inst

Jim Denney, Paintings, 1984-1987, Cleveland State Univ

From the Files, Alternative Museum, NYC

American Culture Today, Laforet Museum, Tokyo

7 New Artists, Museum of Art, Carnegie Inst