James Van Arsdale
Southern Methodist University, 2001, MFA
Working in a variety of media, to suit each new concept, I look to create work that will speak on many levels and illicit thought and introspection in the viewer. The new work of the past few years features repeating shapes of weapons; flails, throwing stars, brass knuckles, rendered in psychedelic line drawings and paintings, that appear to spin in a circle, and thus create kaleidoscopic, mandala or snowflake-like images. They are beautiful, but deadly. Some are silver and black, Heavy Metal inspired color pairings, while others are brightly colored, in a more Op and Pop Art fashion. Also, laser-cut metal sculptures are used both alone and in combination with the painted shaped panels. These draw from Rock music and Heavy Metal music subcultures, teenage obsession, LSD tabs, and Psychedelic Art.
Colorado-born Van Arsdale holds an MFA fromThe Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, Dallas, TX, and a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin, TX. His solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA; Brookhaven College Art Gallery, Dallas, TX; and Cactus Bra Space, Blue Star Art Complex, San Antonio, TX. He most recently recorded and performed with ambient-indie-rock band The Coral Sea and is co-founder of The Can(n)on Art Studios complex in Goleta, CA, where he works. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.