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Studio Visit - Jameson Magrogan

Studio Visit - Jameson Magrogan

Studio Visit - Jameson Magrogan

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Studio Visit with Jameson Magrogan

Intrigued by Magrogan’s unique perspective on the role of the modern artist, we sat down with him in his Baltimore studio to learn more.

Q.

Tell us about this series of work?

A.

This work is about trying to make an honest picture. I’m considering what it means for images or moments to share space within a picture plane, and I’ve been thinking a lot about craft and how it relates to a personal value structure. I’ve been looking at a lot of still life painting recently.

 

Q.

When did you start calling yourself an artist?

A.

I’ve never really called myself an artist. Sometimes, I say I’m a painter, in the same way I’m a coffee drinker, because that's what I spend much of my time doing. 

 

Q.

Tell us about the arts community in Baltimore? How has it changed since you graduated from MICA?

A.

The arts community in Baltimore is amazing, I think it's a really exciting time to be here as an artist making work. There are lots of inspiring people doing great things. I can barely keep up with all of the private creative ventures.

Q.

Tell us about your studio practice?

A.


I work best when I get to the studio early in the morning. I listen to Terry Gross or Diane Rehm on the drive and while I’m getting started. Once I get going I don’t listen to anything.
I generally work on one thing at a time, never more than two. My studio practice relies on getting as many hours in the studio as i can and doesn’t always revolve around producing a huge amount. It’s a lot of standing around.

 

Q.

Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea of the other way around?

A.

 

For me, the method tends to be the idea in my work. The material is just a preference.

James Magrogan says

“I’ve never really called myself an artist. Sometimes, I say I’m a painter, in the same way I’m a coffee drinker, because that's what I spend much of my time doing.

Q.

Do you find art-making therapeutic?

A.

Sure, it's a major part of my routine.

  

Q.

What are you most proud of?

A. 

Probably my work ethic.

   

Q.

If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

A.

Grace Hartigan

Q.

What motivates you?

A.

Anxiety about not making anything.

 

Q.

What is one artist living or dead you feel a great connection to?

A.

Pierre Bonnard.

Q.

What's one thing you've always wanted to try but you've been too scared to do?

A.

Encaustics and ceramics.

 

Q.

What’s next?

A.

Next, making more work.

About Jameson Magrogan

The product of the work is not imperative, but its existence is proof of an innate human force to produce - In this case paintings.

 

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About Jameson Magrogan

Jameson Magrogan is a visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He considers his role to be that of a maker, rather than a soothsayer forseeing the impact of his work. Each work materializes because of the reality of the artist’s environment, not from an intent to effect an audience. Magrogan’s still lifes are abstract compositions comprised in a straightforward portrayal of the subject matter around him, whether a photograph fresh in his memory or lemons on the kitchen table. Magrogan graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and is currently enrolled in the MFA Studio Art program at Hunter College in New York City.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Craft isn’t necessarily a universal standard, but a practice of assessing quality, which comes from inside a particular person. Looking for ones own craft and allowing the work to locate itself truthfully and honestly within that is the work of an artist."

 

EDUCATION

MFA Studio Art Hunter College 2019

2014 BFA in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

 

SOLO EXHIBITION

2014, "Oil Then Acrylic" Transformer Gallery, Washington DC

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2015, “Blushing” Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore MD

2014, "Locally Sourced" American University Museum, Washington DC

2014, "Murica: A Patriotic Art Show" PhilaMOCA, Philladelphia PA

2014, "On The Mark " Middendorf Gallery, Baltimore MD

2013, "Chromatics" Gallery 304, Baltimore, MD

2012, "Studio Mixx" Subbasement Studio, Baltimore, MD

 

PUBLICATIONS

2014, "Then and Now: The Salon of 1741 and 21st-Century Art Fairs"

Co-written with Kerr Houston 

 

AWARDS

2010, Trustee Grant, Maryland Institute College of Art