gallery Interview with artist James Claussen, part of the More Than 700 Years Faculty Exhibition on view at Fort Mason and 800 Chestnut Campus of the San Francisco Art Institute

James claussen

ONE OF 28 ARTISTS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION MORE THAN 700 YEARS

FRIDAY, JUN 7, 2019 – SUNDAY, SEP 1, 2019

WALTER AND MCBEAN GALLERIES, MAIN GALLERY AT FORT MASON

“My work is drawing and making images through the printmaking and painting process. I compose images from life and my imagination. I define positive and negative space and their spacial inter-relationships with one another as a composition. The work has evolved as a result of my quest to use images and transform them into drawing form, to define and resolve space; extracting my inner motive to be spontaneous with the subtle nuances that spark inspiration. ” —James Claussen

James Claussen’s surreal images combine elements of the natural world, machinery, his life and imagination. Using the absence and presence of color, shapes, forms and texture, Claussen’s lithographs seek to explore space and spark imagination. Claussen’s work is collected by corporations, private collectors and renowned art institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; Pratt Institute in New York, and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others.

More Than 700 Years includes 28 artists:

At SFAI—Fort Mason Campus: Johnna Arnold, Elizabeth Bernstein, Timothy Berry, Brad Brown, Luke Butler, James Claussen, Kerry Laitala, Mads Lynnerup, Felicita Norris, Jordan Reznick, Kate Rhoades, and Meredith Tromble.

At the Walter and McBean Galleries: Chris Bell, Mark Brest van Kempen, Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton, Linda Connor, Sofía Córdova, John de Fazio, Ivan Iannoli, Tony Labat, Ryan Peter, J. John Priola, Brett Reichman, Kal Spelletich, Leila Weefur, Lindsey White, and Wanxin Zhang.

This exhibition was curated by Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción

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