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Jaime Ursic

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Birthplace
Scenery Hill, PA

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Website

Schools
Pennsylvania State University, 2000, BFA
Pennsylvania State University, 2000, BS
Yale University

Statement

I am an artist and printmaker whose art is intertwined with the place where I make it. The included images are of my recent time in Florence, when the tourists were out-swarming the mosquitoes. Florence inspired me with its worn, cobblestone streets, the color of winter reflected in the Arno, the bakery’s grid of cooling racks, the colors of faded fresco pigments and vandalized ancient mosaic remnants. Each object piqued my interest and inspired me to draw with screen segments, plumber’s hair wire, threads, paper pulp, and crushed, glass beads. Drawing with the objects I found littered in the piazzas, neglected in the corners of building entryways or given to me by vendors, I created my visual interpretations of life in Florence. Work completed in North Adams, MA has the colors and shadows of a summer in the Berkshires versus the dry, crumbling but saturated images created in Johnson, VT's autumn. Images produced in New Haven’s cold, concrete Erector Square are easily distinguishable by impressions of decades old, factory-rejected potpourri scraps and candle fragments.

Building on the history of intaglio and relief printmaking, I create then print my visual accounts of the circumstances at that moment. My palette colors are inspired by my surroundings and I draw directly on top of the plate with locally found materials, i.e. the threads, shards, clippings, pulps, beads, wires, etc. that I collect that day. Each object creates a mark that will be pressed or embossed creating unanticipated patterns of positive/negative across the picture plane. The prints I create have carefully constructed textures while at the same time allowing improvisations intrinsic to the printing process. By printing only one image from each plate’s passage through the press, I challenge the medium and subvert the idea of multiples.

Recent Exhibits

Jaime Ursic participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2012 Swerve: a group show curated by Sophia Allison
ShoeboxLA
 
Aug, 2010 Landskin
Brand Library Art Galleries
 
Mar, 2008 Present Conditional
Underground Gallery
 
Jun, 2007 Visual Confection
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
 
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