“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.”
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.