Jim Condron: Diminishing Returns

Jim Condron: Diminishing Returns, a solo exhibition showcasing multiple paintings and new sculptural works will be presented in Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Ungar Athenaeum from January 30 through March 25, 2018. An artist reception and talk will be held February 9, 2018, 6-9 p.m. And a panel discussion, Diminishing Returns: A Discussion of the Economics of Art, will be held on March 2, 6-7:15 p.m. in Goucher’s Merrick Lecture Hall, located in the Dorsey College Center. The artist, Jim Condron, will be in conversation with Doreen Bolger, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, David Findlay, Pugh Family Professor of Economics, Colby College, and Laura Amussen, Goucher College’s director of exhibitions and curator. The panel will discuss the economics of art. 

Jim Condron: Diminishing Returns, incites viewers to examine the application of the economic principle of the law of diminishing returns to art and art making in the 21st century. The paintings in the show range in size from 5 x 6 inches to 90 x144 inches. Each painting gradually increases in size while maintaining the project’s foundational proportion. The sculptural works in the show reference farming practices and consider the framework by which the economic concept of the law of diminishing returns was founded and explained. The agriculturally based sculptures and abstract paintings also investigate the law of diminishing marginal utility. A highlight of the show is a sculpture made from a vintage 1940’s General GG tractor in a bed of Red Bird Peppermint Puffs.  Visitors are invited to experience the principle of diminishing marginal utility by eating as many of the candies as they like.

“Thinking about the economic concepts diminishing marginal returns and diminishing marginal utility and the extent to which they apply to art raises interesting questions about how one can view art from the artist’s, consumer’s, and museum curator’s perspectives.”

-Dr. David W. Findlay, Pugh Family Professor of Economics of Colby College, ME.

Through the paintings in this exhibition Condron presents a haptic convergence of scale, size, color, texture, and dimensionality. The works explore how the physical size of a painting impacts the meaning and power of a work of art for both the artist and the viewer. The paintings in the show are hung in succession, both vertically and horizontally, from the largest works to the smallest works. It is the artist’s hope that as the viewer confronts the exhibition and then each painted canvas, the importance of the scale and size of the work diminishes, and the viewer is absorbed in the experience of each individual work of art.

The sculptural works in the exhibition, constructed from vintage farm equipment, are poignant reminders of America’s rich, though tainted, agricultural past and the economic challenges American farmers face in the year 2018 at a moment in history when the commodification of art is unregulated.

About the Artist:

Jim Condron, originally from Long Island, NY and Connecticut, lives and works in Baltimore.  Condron earned his MFA at the Leroy E. Hofffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Art and English from Colby College, Waterville, ME. He also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Since 1993, Condron has studied with Rohini Ralby, the artist's mentor. His work appears nationally and internationally in galleries and museums as well as in corporate, university, public and private collections.  Condron has been awarded artist residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Heliker Lahotan Foundation.  He is a 2017 recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant and a Maryland State Arts Council grant for sculpture.

This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. and panel discussion will be held Friday, March 2nd, 2018 6-7:15 p.m. in the Merrick Lecture Hall located in the Dorsey College Center. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/silber or call 410-337-6477 for more information.

Sunday, March 25 at 11:00am to 4:00pm

Silber Art Gallery, the Athenaeum
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, USA

Event Type

Art, Public


Academic, Art & Art History



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