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Jason Schwab

Photography

Constructed Spaces, Social Commentary

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Jason Schwab

    Photography
    Constructed Spaces, Social Commentary
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In my recent work I have been concentrating on making a statement about contemporary events and issues through the use of humor. I want my art to be conceptually accessible to a large majority of the public. This is why I choose to critique contemporary issues in which many people can relate to. Much of my work seems lighthearted on the surface but carries a dark undertone that reflects to human nature and its flaws.

Most of my work in its final form is photography, but much of it starts off as a collage or another form of a constructed space. I feel it is important for me to diverge from photographing everyday life and create something that didn’t exist before to create my images from. When I create my collages much of my imagery comes from the Internet. This adds to my use of recognizable figures because it is a place where millions of people visit everyday and likely come across the same imagrey. I have chosen an aesthetic that is branched from the complexity of David LaChapelle mixed with the simplistic confrontational nature of Terry Richardson. Since much of my work is seen as controversial at this period and place in my life I want the people who find the subject matter insulting to also be able to appreciate it for its aesthetic merit. Having my subject matter and aesthetic choices meet where the largest amount of people will find it interesting and credible is where I want my work to reside.

04/2011 - Artist In Residence - Kutztown University - Kutztown, PA

11/2010 - Images Constructed by Humor - Bears Den Gallery - Kutztown, PA

09/2010 - More Serious Business - Fowler Center - Bethlehem, PA

04/2010 - Fine Arts Senior Show - Sharadin Gallery - Kutztown, PA