Friday, August 4, 2017

Jim Osman

Springfield, 2017; metal stud, pine; 220 x 206 inches
Panoramic installation view of the sculpture in the gallery's back yard. The work recreates in minimalist form the structure of the facade of the artist's childhood home

Detail below

About the Work
I combine, layer, and compress different kinds of space. The vessels that give these spaces form can be clear and tangible, like architecture and furniture, or symbolic like a flag, or just formal – a color.  Combining these forms make for odd, unthought-of arrangements which once started are reconciled formally, all the while staying true to a notion of space that is convoluted, dense, and opaque yet somehow understood.

About the Artist
Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA and MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, New York, where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss, and Lawrence Fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace in Manhattan, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery, and Dartmouth College,  Bowdoin, Maine. His work has been included in group shows at the Brooklyn Museum; Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn; and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Osman received a NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture in 2017. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture, and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.