February 29 — April 18, 2020

Unfinished Business 1

James Sullivan



Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a solo exhibition of work by Dallas-based artist, James Sullivan.

After embarking on an artist residency and solo exhibition of large scale sculptures at JIIAF in Hadong, South Korea and a three year-long collaboration with Guatemalan artist Helen Ascoli which culminated in large scale installations in Guatemala City (2016) and Conduit Gallery (2017) Unfinished Business 1 will be the first studio-based outing from James Sullivan in six years.

The exhibition sees Sullivan closing in on his objects at varying scales that reflect his meditation on the body and its relation to objects. The exhibition will feature several distinct bodies of work, figurative sculptures for which he is known, cast iron work, experiments with architectural forms in a variety of media and a suite of prints based in digital imaging from natural forms. Each of these group have the characteristics of Sullivan’s interest in the porousness of surface, or “obdurate presence”, and the illusion of the form that appears to be as a body, though it might be something other.

James Sullivan was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1952, and earned an MFA in sculpture at California State University, Long Beach and a BA in philosophy at Yale University. He has taught as Visiting Professor at the Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, and acted as Visiting Critic at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven and Gachon University, Seoul. He is Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University, where he served as chair from 1995-2009. He has exhibited widely in a number of media including sculpture, sculptural installation, performance, drawing, and prints. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Sol del Rio and Concepción 41 in Guatemala; the Art Museum of South Texas; Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas; Amerika Haus, Berlin; Galerie Muhlenbusch, Düsseldorf; Conduit Gallery, Dallas; and the Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau. He has participated in more than 50 group exhibitions throughout the United States and Germany. He is a 1989 recipient of the Philip Morris Skulptur Stipendiat to work in residency in Berlin, Germany. He was the 2018 Distinguished International Artist at the Jurisan International Art Foundation in Hadong, South Korea. He has been represented by Conduit Gallery, Dallas, since 1990 and worked collaboratively with Hellen Ascoli since 2015. He lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

View the Glasstire Five-Minute exhibition walk through here.

Artists in this Exhibition