Jim Bove

Jim Bové is an educator and artist living south of Pittsburgh. His formalist artwork tends toward the minimal and is informed through observations of the world around us. A recent residency to the far northern reaches of Arctic Circle inspired him to create a new body of work, one which took the vast landscape, filled with ice and sky, and present it in an intimate scale by placing sea ice and glacial till into temporary settings on the human body.
Jim’s work has been featured in books and magazines, including, Cast Art and Objects: Humanities most Transformative Process, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, and Pioneers of American Craft. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Munich’s Schmuck, the Royal Museum in Tokyo, and at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.

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Human Presence Brooch III

Date of Creation: October 1, 2019

List of Materials: 3D printed ABS Brooch with Arctic Ice

Dimensions: 5 x 4 x .25 inches

Photographer's Name: Jim Bove

Model's Name: Gail Mitchell

Conceptual Statement: The landscape of Svalbard in the far arctic north is monumental, massive glaciers still reign and shape the landscape. Nothing may be taken from this protected archipelago. Designing a brooch to temporarily hold an object permitted artwork to be created within the environment without having an adverse impact upon it. By selecting elements of the landscape and setting them into prepared brooches, the details that make up this vast landscape are presented to the viewer. Glacial ice, formed over thousands of years, freshly calved from a glacier, and smoothed by the ocean, becomes a temporary gemstone, able to be seen only in the arctic realm in which it was formed.

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Human Presence Brooch IV

Date of Creation: 01/10/2019

List of Materials: 3D printed ABS with Glacial Till

Dimensions: 5 x 4 x .25 inches

Photographer's Name: Jim Bove

Model's Name: Rowe Moser

Conceptual Statement: The landscape of Svalbard in the far arctic north is monumental, massive glaciers still reign and shape the landscape. Nothing may be taken from this protected archipelago. Designing a brooch to temporarily hold an object permitted artwork to be created within the environment without having an adverse impact upon it. By selecting elements of the landscape and setting them into prepared brooches, the details that make up this vast landscape are presented to the viewer. Glacial till, left behind as a glacier recedes, becomes a temporary gemstone, able to be seen only in the arctic realm in which it was formed.

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Human Presence Brooch I

Date of Creation: 01/10/2019

List of Materials: 3D printed ABS and Arctic Ice

Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 3 inches

Photographer's Name: Jim Bove

Model's Name: Todd Thyberg

Conceptual Statement: The landscape of Svalbard in the far arctic north is monumental, massive glaciers still reign and shape the landscape. Nothing may be taken from this protected archipelago. Designing a brooch to temporarily hold an object permitted artwork to be created within the environment without having an adverse impact upon it. By selecting elements of the landscape and setting them into prepared brooches, the details that make up this vast landscape are presented to the viewer. Glacial ice, formed over thousands of years, freshly calved from a glacier, and smoothed by the ocean, becomes a temporary gemstone, able to be seen only in the arctic realm in which it was formed.

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