Untitled by Jim Zwadlo

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Jim Zwadlo

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"I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin helping my family feed about 50 cows. I started my undergraduate degree at UW-Madison, and finished at SUNY-Potsdam, in upstate New York, with a BFA in Fine Arts. I lived in New York City and its environs for about 20 years, and now live on the South Side of Milwaukee.

I paint the urban pedestrian from the aerial point of view.

This imagery and point of view originated with working in New York office buildings, looking out the window, and thinking about where I am, where everyone else is, and then thinking about how to paint the answers to those questions. For me, the flatness of the Wisconsin landscape, and of the Midwest in general, translates directly into two-dimensions, like a map (or a painting). New York City is the opposite, being totally vertical. I found that looking out windows in skyscrapers was just like looking at a map (or a painting), and I found myself translating the visual appearance of New York into a spatial version of Wisconsin.

I see painting as an ideal map of the world. I paint what I see on the street as if it were already a map, or even already a painting, such as the painted crosswalks. The people too are part of my ideal map of the world. Although left out of the usual maps, to me people belong in a map of the city as much as the streets and buildings. My painting is about finding a way to put the people back in the picture, along with the abstract signs and symbols we use as guides.

However, all the theorizing about painting is really a means to another end. My real purpose in developing these ideas is to find new ways of seeing, and to inspire you, as viewer, to see that it is possible for each of us to find our own way of seeing, equally valid, interesting, and constantly changing."

From the artist:

“I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin helping my family feed about 50 cows. I started my undergraduate degree at UW-Madison, and finished at SUNY-Potsdam, in upstate New York, with a BFA in Fine Arts. I lived in New York City and its environs for about 20 years, and now live on the South Side of Milwaukee.

I paint the urban pedestrian from the aerial point of view.

This imagery and point of view originated with working in New York office buildings, looking out the window, and thinking about where I am, where everyone else is, and then thinking about how to paint the answers to those questions. For me, the flatness of the Wisconsin landscape, and of the Midwest in general, translates directly into two-dimensions, like a map (or a painting). New York City is the opposite, being totally vertical. I found that looking out windows in skyscrapers was just like looking at a map (or a painting), and I found myself translating the visual appearance of New York into a spatial version of Wisconsin.

I see painting as an ideal map of the world. I paint what I see on the street as if it were already a map, or even already a painting, such as the painted crosswalks. The people too are part of my ideal map of the world. Although left out of the usual maps, to me people belong in a map of the city as much as the streets and buildings. My painting is about finding a way to put the people back in the picture, along with the abstract signs and symbols we use as guides.

However, all the theorizing about painting is really a means to another end. My real purpose in developing these ideas is to find new ways of seeing, and to inspire you, as viewer, to see that it is possible for each of us to find our own way of seeing, equally valid, interesting, and constantly changing.”

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