Joren Lindholm

Washington, D.C. | by February 18, 2010

Born and raised in Chicago, Joren moved to Wash­ing­ton D.C. to pur­sue his MFA at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity. He fin­ished in 2004 and now works out of a stu­dio in Takoma Park, Wash­ing­ton D.C. at the A.Salon col­lec­tive. It’s a large build­ing in down­town Takoma Park that houses other artis­tic orga­ni­za­tions in addi­tion to all the artist studios.

Joren’s stu­dio is cozy and orga­nized. One wall was cov­ered with his lit­tle col­lage pieces on wood — which are my favorites. Below them he has tacked color aid pieces of paper that are stud­ies for future and cur­rent work. I was sur­rounded by old and new work, paint, books and objects of inspi­ra­tion. I plopped myself down on his stu­dio couch, cof­fee in hand, and was joined by a dog from a stu­dio mate next door.

Joren is inter­ested in how form shapes mean­ing in his fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings. Dri­ven by shape, color, space and line, his work and process are based on lit­tle photo col­lages he con­structs out of cut pho­to­copies of appro­pri­ated pho­tographs that he then adhe­ses on to wood pan­els. From these col­lages he makes draw­ings that are then used to cre­ate his larger paint­ings on canvas.

“I’m inter­ested in the artis­tic use of color for lib­er­at­ing, emo­tive pur­poses. I’m also inter­ested in visual con­trasts of weight and align­ment. My endeavor is to con­nect my way of respect­fully com­pos­ing the whole of the two-​​dimensional or three-​​dimensional field, and use of the afore­men­tioned ele­ments, to inter­pre­tive muses on the sub­jects I have chosen.”

Although his paint­ings may come from a search for bal­ance in visual con­trast, they start to hint at places that are frag­mented, dis­placed and some­times nos­tal­gic. He’s inter­ested in the his­tory of the pho­to­graph and the mem­ory it holds not only for him­self but what it can con­jure up for the viewer.

“That search for a famil­iar image hope­fully yields in each work a plat­form for instan­ta­neous con­nec­tion to the viewer’s world of imag­i­na­tion and past-​​based imagery, under­neath which there is a self-​​contained aes­thetic world. The lay­ered nature of my work leads to a spa­tial com­plex­ity and occa­sional para­dox or irony. I want the role of the work flirt­ing out­wardly, com­ing from aware­ness that high­lights gaps between real­ity and what we understand.”

While I was vis­it­ing with Joren, other artists came and went. A few hung around while I was there. There was a nice energy that Sat­ur­day morn­ing and the space seems really con­ducive towards mak­ing and talk­ing about art. Joren makes it easy to do that. His gen­uine enthu­si­asm for delv­ing into the depths of his per­sonal paint­ing inves­ti­ga­tion is truly inspiring.

This spring, Joren’s work is going to be included in an upcom­ing col­lage exhibit at the Stu­dio Gallery in Wash­ing­ton D.C. curated by Thomas Dry­mon. He also will be leav­ing his stu­dio at A.Salon to move to a loca­tion on 14th and R that is a lit­tle closer to his home. Three other artists includ­ing Dry­mon, will join him at this loca­tion and they all will be a part of the Mid City Artists group.

To see more of his work check out his blog

He also exhibits reg­u­larly with an artist col­lec­tive in New York:

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  • Rachel says:

    Very nice pro­file. I love the new site, Isabel!

  • zoë says:

    won­der­ful to see your work, Joren.

  • Adam says:

    What awe­some works! Love them.

  • Anna says:

    Ter­rific write-​​up on a cap­ti­vat­ing artist! Awesome

  • Daniel says:

    I’m happy to see your work Joren, and your stu­dio space! A far cry from the small col­lages cre­ated in the crate shop! Thanks Isabel for show­cas­ing DC artists!

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