Jamison Carter on European Space Agency 9.16.16

Jamison Carter: 67P/C-G monoprint series

Latex paint, hydrocal and dirt on Bristol
25 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (65 x 52.5 cm) each, framed

These works were exhibited during Jamison Carter’s solo show, A Cold War, from 12 September to 24 October 2015 at Klowden Mann in Los Angeles, CA.

Jamison wrote: “As I was watching the information from the Rosetta mission begin to have a large presence in social media and the popular news outlets I became fascinated with how this new, awkward image/object demystified the popular (and perhaps mystical/magical) perception of a comet.”


67P/C-G view 1, 2015
Latex paint, hydrocal and dirt on Bristol
25 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (65 x 52.5 cm) framed

“When the Hale-Bopp comet became a (relatively) constant fixture in the night sky in 1997 the mystical/magical attribute to comets was almost certainly reinforced. Nearly 20 years later, with the advent of smart phones, social media and a ten-fold increase in science’s reach (both cosmically and socially) the Rosetta Mission and the accompanying data have given a richer and more accurate account of what a comet is and is not. I am particularly fascinated by the information creating even more awe and wonder through revealing the truth, rather than basing understanding on assumption.”


67P/C-G surface, 2015
Latex paint, hydrocal and dirt on Bristol
25 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (65 x 52.5 cm) framed

“Mono prints were the perfect way for me to investigate these ideas because of their immediacy and (mostly) uncontrollable process. I view the process as an analogy to my (assumed) process of comet creation, one that is not calculated or dictated. I saw the awkward shape of 67P/C-G as a gesture on a grand celestial scale creating a form that has no rhyme or reason for its shape, displaying the awkwardness of the universe.”


67P/C-G view 2, 2015
Latex paint, hydrocal and dirt on Bristol
25 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (65 x 52.5 cm) framed

“This notion gave the comet a human attribute, one that gave it personality, taking it nearly full circle from the magical/mystical human perception to the (wonderful) stark reality of it’s awkward shape to humanity (or at least me) once again imbuing a fiction upon it… making it more dear than the mystical/magical ideal of just 2 decades prior.”


67P/C-G view 3, 2015
Latex paint, hydrocal and dirt on Bristol
25 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (65 x 52.5 cm) framed

Jamison Carter: Sculptures

Jamison wrote: “The sculpture(s) are an extension of the effort to bring the comet closer… an attempt to let it be something that I can co-mingle with. I watched the 3D printed models of the comet get more and more detailed as the data was transmitted and watched the scale references permeate the public sphere. I thought the archeological side of this was becoming necessary in understanding a terrestrial relationship with comets and their formation.”



Gravity Sling, 2015
Hand molded hydrocal, wood, resin, hardware, paint and dirt
40 x 74 x 37 inches (101.6 x 188 x 94 cm)

“Space junk is an obvious route to investigate this, I began to make sculpture that attempted to be just as awkward as 67P/C-G but talk about time, and how maybe, maybe some of our stuff would appear embedded in a comet, or asteroid, or other celestial body to be discovered by perhaps no one, or nothing, yet still there… adrift in space as a celestial/human artifact.”



Unlit, 2015
Hand molded hydrocal, light fixture, resin, paint and dirt
21 1⁄2 x 15 x 51 inches (54.61 x 38 x 129.5 cm)

Jamison Carter (b. 1973, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA) received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Solo exhibitions in Los Angeles include Klowden Mann, California State University Northridge and MorYork Gallery.

He has exhibited in group exhibitions at galleries and public institutions throughout California, and in Italy at the Museo Archeologico in Amelia. His work was recently on view in the exhibition We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles with Bardo LA as part of the 56th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. He has exhibited at art fairs in Brussels, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Miami. His recent two-person exhibition at LAX Airport with Bardo LA was the subject of a feature on KCET’s Artbound, and his work has been reviewed in New American Paintings, LA Weekly, Artillery, Artsy and elsewhere.

The core of his work deals with material investigation and highlighting the extended points of tension between formal elements and their conceptual/intellectual/visceral counterparts.

More at: http://www.jamisoncarter.net/
The artist is represented by Klowden Mann in Los Angeles.

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