Gallery artist Jim Christensen’s work reflects upon the history of American manufacturing and the politics embedded in historical and contemporary forms of labor and craftsmanship. His recent paintings on paper reference a number of visual and textual sources from the earlier part of the Twentieth-Century, a time marked by rising industrialization, labor disputes, assembly-line production, the advent of prohibition and international conflict. All of his work is marked by an intentional hand-made quality that the artist refers to as “homespun.” As such, the pieces in “I WORK WHILE YOU SLEEP” pay homage to this country’s history of working-class immigrant labor and point to the value of the individual’s unique contribution to the whole.

The Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Mulherin NYC are a few of the various places at which Christensen’s work has been exhibited. His work is in the collection of the M.H. DeYoung Museum, as well as numerous private collections.

Exhibition runs Feb 3—22. NIAD Art Center 551 23rd Street Richmond, CA 94804