Senior Exhibition 2004 James Juron
      In the past five years, I have spent a great deal of time studying old master drawing and painting, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Studying these masters taught me technical skills that I will always use. However, in the past year I feel I have had a breakthrough into another realm. I transformed from a technical renderer into an artist. Since this breakthrough, my paintings function more as a whole image, and they express more on a conceptual level. This new approach has opened up a door through which I am able to express myself at a more intuitive level. I am able to use my technical abilities to express rather than to confine my intuitions. I want to continue to explore and find ways to keep the art of painting always alive within our rapidly growing technological digital world, traditionally and in the modern sense. I initially respond to the architectural structure of a space. Particularly, I am interested in dark spaces and how light causes forms to emerge from them, along with the psychological effects and interpretations that these works enable. Philosophically, I want the works to question concepts of reality and simultaneously to create a reality of their own. The most recent pieces deal with psychological thresholds, as crossing places into new states or experiences which offer the possibility to exceed boundaries. However, I do not see their identity as fixed in any one meaning. Each work has a possible individual interpretation, and as series they offer even more possible interpretations. I believe that art, as a human experience, has been the most important part of our existence from the time of the ancient cave paintings up to modern times and beyond. We must not let art become trapped in idealist concepts of beauty or truth. When it becomes trapped, it loses flexibility and becomes a system of codes constrained by biased principles that must be broken. This is important to me as an artist striving to find my personal form of expression. I feel that this is a crucial time for me. I am just becoming an artist, and there is much ahead of me. I am the larva that has not yet made its cocoon.
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51Click ThumbnailStaircase 154 x 36oil on wood
52Click ThumbnailStaircase 340 x 30acrylic and charcoal on paper
53Click ThumbnailStaircase 460 x 36oil on canvas
54Click ThumbnailThe Corridor30 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
55Click ThumbnailCorridor 230 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
56Click ThumbnailCorridor 330 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
57Click ThumbnailCorridor 430 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
58Corridor 530 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
59Click ThumbnailCorridor 630 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
60Click ThumbnailAndrea in Her Green Dress (Dreaming)46 x 36oil on canvas
61Click ThumbnailEntrance50 x 40oil on canvas
62Click ThumbnailThe Gate72x 36oil on canvas
63Winter Passage48 x 32oil on canvas
64Click ThumbnailThe Antipode70 x 52oil on canvas
65Gate 230 x 20acrylic and charcoal on paper
Intoduction Megan Abrahamsen Beth Barnes Ryan Cohen Melanie Finlayson Michael Gallagher
Heather Gordon Scott Heydrick James Juron Tina LaMour Robert Lewis JP Manke
Andrew McGill Erica Mousseau Sean Otto Lisa Porto James Ryan Ann Schwed
Michael Shanley Lindsey Shrier Lauren Summerville Erick Von Hoffmann Andrew Watson Elizabeth Wilde
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