Jay Shoots: Home

July 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020

“A belief in working with the head, hand, and heart and mixing enough play with the work so that every task is pleasurable and makes for health and happiness.”
-JOHN RUSKIN

Throughout his career, Florida-based artist Jay Shoots has been known for the formal composition and classical beauty of his photographs. His most recent work expands the concept of photography by combining recycled elements of the medium, such as negatives, photosensitive solutions, and camera lenses with found objects ranging from a fishing reel, pebbles to coffee beans. On display in Home are figurative works including “The People's House,” which literally takes the form of a dwelling made from gelatin silver photographs of various portraits. Other works illustrate abstract allusions to structures, like his Totem works, which serve as emblems of familial lineage, and provide a nostalgic component that links past to present. While these hybrid works, or “photo sculptures,” retain the artist's sense of formal beauty, they also display his humorous side as he explores the concept of the dwelling and, ultimately, how our sense of self is informed by our sense of place. 

Reception: August 22, 2019 // 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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Jay Shoots

Jay Shoots was born in Winter Park, Florida and has lived for many years in Atlantic Beach in Jacksonville, Florida. Shoots attended the New England School of Photography in Boston from 1982-83 followed by the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University from 1975-77. Perhaps most well-known for his documentary-style portrait photographs, Shoots also depicts still lifes and object studies in his photography, sculpture, and mixed media works. Shoots' artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout Florida and is represented in several collections including the Espace Photographie de Paris, France, the Institute for Cultural Exchange in Tubingen, Germany, and the Hechinger Collection in Washington D.C., among others. 

Image courtesy of the artist.