Jim Skuldt is an American visual artist, lecturer in Skulpture at UCLA. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005. He has exhibited widely, venues including Marlborough Chelsea, High Desert Test Sites, LTD Los Angeles, MOCA LA, and Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille, FR). He is the recipient of grants by COLA (2016 Los Angeles), the Harpo Foundation (2012-15), the California Community Foundation (Mid-career 2015 and Emerging Artist 2015), Creative Capital (2012, Muriel Pollia Awardee), the Durfee Foundation and the Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists; and artist residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (2016 Governor's Island, NYC), the Rauschenberg Foundation (2014 Captiva, FL), the Center for Art and Performance UCLA (2014 Los Angeles), the Banff Centre (2013 Alberta, CN), AIR Antwerpen (2010 Antwerp, BE), and the Triangle France Residency (2006 Marseille, FR), which he reached via containership.
SEAMOR (a.k.a. Balcony Stateroom, Int’l)
Jim Skuldt sets about converting a standard 20-foot shipping container in order to transport himself internationally aboard a cargo ship, train, truck or any other form of intermodal transport. Inspired by a fusion of standardized quarters seen in deployable tactical shelters, luxury cruise ship environments (namely, the so-called box-shaped “Balcony Stateroom”), the Hotel Corbusier (of the Unité d’Habitation), and trailers and sheds he has inhabited over the past two years (both on & off the grid), the SEAMOR unit proposes a streamlining of the “unitary bulk-transience market” whose movement is guided by its relation to beneficial astrological forces. As such, though the container will be affected by this travel (perhaps not visibly), outcomes will be filtered (through Skuldt) as they are diffused over multiple experiential, documentary and folkloric forms.