Jason Tannen + Tiera May
Remnants + Rituals
April 9–26, 2020
Artists' Reception: Friday April 10, 6-8pm (talks at 7)
Jason Tannen is an artist, photographer, gallery curator and educator. Tannen has exhibited his works widely, in the United States and internationally. He has recently exhibited work in Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Budapest. From 1998 to 2014, he directed the University Art Gallery at California State University, Chico, where he also taught Gallery Production, Film Studies, and the History of Photography.
For over thirty years, I’ve photographed the urban environment. I’m particularly interested in the urban landscape of signs, symbols and graphic representation, along with curious or eccentric juxtapositions. Focusing on images without people or street action allows the images to be free-floating, without reference to a particular period or era. Close framing and shallow depth helps describe a world that exists within the four corners of the picture.
Prior to this series, I printed mainly in black and white. I started working in color to explore the visual and material erosion that comes with time, the elements, or human intervention: colors that have bleached or are reduced to blues and reds, surfaces that have cracked, are peeling, or have been vandalized.
Although I’m fully engaged in digital modes of presentation and communication, for me the physical photographic print is essential in conveying an image’s content, meaning and surface properties.
My work explores visual storytelling through gesture and movement. Using a range of mixed media processes and varying degrees of abstraction, my method involves deconstructing and reassembling a language of both recognized and invented marks and symbols to create an honest visual.