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James Van Arsdale

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Spinning Brass Knuckles, Red, 2013 Oil on Wood, Laser-cut Aluminum Variable, Wood Panel 40 X 40 Inches © James Van Arsdale
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Spinning Star, Blue, 2013 Oil, Acrylic on Wood 22 X 22 Inches © James Van Arsdale
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Star Cluster, 2012 Laser-cut Aluminum 7" X 20" X 20" © James Van Arsdale
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Star Cluster (detail), 2012 Laser-cut Aluminum 7" X 20" X 20" © James Van Arsdale
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A Special Kind of Hell / Metal Boy, 2012 Installation. Wood, Paint, Aluminum, Electrical Cable, Lights, Single-channel Video, Gels Dimensions Variable © James Van Arsdale
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A Special Kind of Hell (detail), 2012 Acrylic, Latex, Wood, Lights, Aluminum, Electrical Cable Dimensions Variable © James Van Arsdale
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Metal Boy, 2012 Single-channel Video, Silent/color, 22 Min. 35 Sec. Looped, Paint Dimensions Variable
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Spinning Flail, 2012 Silver Ink on Black Paper 37" X 37" © James Van Arsdale
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Spinning Flail (detail), 2012 Silver Ink on Black Paper 37" X 37" © James Van Arsdale
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Spinning Star, 2012 Ink on Buff Paper 22x22 Inches
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Spinning Star (detail), 2012 Ink on Buff Paper 22x22 Inches © James Van Arsdale
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Spinning Mine, 2012 Ink on Buff Paper 22x22 Inches © James Van Arsdale
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Spinning Star #3, 2012 Silver Ink on Black Paper 22x22 Inches © James Van Arsdale
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Blitzed, 2010-2011 Wood, Paint, Felt, Lights, Rubber, Video Projection 8 Min. 35 Sec. Looped Dimensions Variable
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Blitzed (detail), 2010-2011 Wood, Paint, Felt, Lights, Rubber, Video Projection 8 Min. 35 Sec. Looped Dimensions Variable © James Van Arsdale
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Ray Guns, 2011 Wood, Paint, Aluminum 22x7x7 Inches Each
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Ray Gun #3, 2011 Wood, Paint, Aluminum 22"x7"x7" © James Van Arsdale
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(Safe Inside My) Green Zone, 2007 Mixed-media Installation, Detail Variable © James Van Arsdale
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(Safe Inside My) Green Zone, 2007 Mixed-media Installation Variable © James Van Arsdale
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eyeComputerWorld, 2011 Wood, Paint, Lights, Gels, Latch-hook Rug, Color Organ, Cast Plastic, Felt Dimensions Variable © James Van Arsdale
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eyeComputerWorld (detail), 2011 Wood, Paint, Lights, Gels, Latch-hook Rug, Color Organ, Cast Plastic, Felt Dimensions Variable © James Van Arsdale
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Wounded Battleship (Armada), 2011 Installation View. Cast Plastic Resin and Aluminum. Overall Dimensions Variable, 12"x4"x6" Each © James Van Arsdale
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Wounded Battleship, 2011 Cast Plastic Resin and Aluminum 12"x4"x6" Each, Edition of 12 © James Van Arsdale
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Spinning Brass Knuckles, Red, 2015 Oil on Wood, Laser-cut Aluminum Dimensions Variable © James Van Arsdale
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Birth year
1970
Lives in
Santa Barbara, CA USA
Works in
Goleta, CA USA
Schools
The University of Texas at Austin, 1999, BFA
Southern Methodist University, 2001, MFA
Tags
mixed-media, installation, video-art, sculpture
Statement

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.