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Jonathan Morse
updated: 04/10/2012
website: www.jmorseart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Bions 12
Bions 1
Bions 2
Bions 3
Bions 4
Bions 5
Bions 6
Bions 7
Bions 8
Bions 9
Bions 10
Bions 11
Bions 13
Bions 14
Bions 15
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, abstract, systems, repetition
 
 
Bions 12 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 12
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 1 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 1
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 2 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 2
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 3 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 3
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 4 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 4
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 5 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 5
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 6 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 6
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 7 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 7
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 8 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 8
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 9 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 9
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 10 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 10
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 11 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 11
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 13 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 13
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 14 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 14
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 
Bions 15 by Jonathan Morse
Bions 15
Limited edition pigment print
2011
22" x  28" 

Artist Statement
 

Digital imaging is its own original printmaking medium:  the original comes out of the printer, not the monitor or whatever intention the project started with.  The process enables a confluence of visual sources and personal influences in the service of making something new and unique, as opposed to the republication of existing work.  Digital artistry mirrors that process of construction and deconstruction through which the past becomes the new, and through which we literally make our mark.  But it’s just another pencil, taking its rightful place in the continuum of human mark-making.

 

Our lives are collages of textures and impressions, input from here and from there, pastiches of pleasures recalled and pain endured.  My current work too is not-so seamlessly cut and pasted, revised and revisited, and drawn upon from all my experience.

 

Solitude is important.  When I work I sit down without intention, without thought as to the final form.  "Process not product", Nathan Lyons would say at the Visual Studies Workshop. I let the process surprise and inform me and guide me towards a cohesive whole, one which I will only know when I get there... Why make an image which has been seen before?

 

BIONS 1-15 is a series of imagined biological images inspired by my invitation as a non-scientist to hang four prints at the 2011 Santa Fe Complex Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience Conference.  The weekend’s lectures and presentations by nationally-known medical practitioners and researchers planted the seed which led to simple iPad finger-paintings re-worked in collaboration with my elderly Mac to become Bions.

Artist Bio / CV
 

Public collections

Museum of Modern Art Photography Department

International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House

Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

New Orleans Museum of Art

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester

Exchange National Bank, Chicago

Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe

 

Awards

Photography Fellowship, Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation

 

Selected recent exhibitions

Site Unseen (2012), Site Santa Fe

New Mexico Showcase, 516 Arts (2012), Albuquerque

SF Complex alcove show (2012), Santa fe

Progressive Art Fair (2011), Santa Fe

Brand 40- Works on Paper (2011), Glendale, California

Axle Contemporary- Harvest (2011), Santa Fe

Tag Gallery California Open (2011), Santa Monica

Hell and Heaven (2011), Santa Fe Community College

Originals (solo show 2011), Fisher Press Gallery, Santa Fe

Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience Conference- artist invitee (2011), Santa Fe

Preston Contemporary Art Center (2010), Mesilla, NM

Site Unseen (2010), Site Santa Fe

UN-2 (2009), William Shearburn Gallery, Santa Fe

Paper! (2009), Gallery Zipp, Valencia, NM

Salon Mar Graff- Open Call Exhibition (2009), Santa Fe

Faculty show (2008), Santa Fe Community College

 

Teaching

Visible Language Workshop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Santa Fe Community College

 

Selected publications

Original prints published 2007 by Santa Fe Editions

Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican

Albuquerque Journal North

Santa Fean Magazine

Art in America

PhotoTechnique Magazine

Raritan Magazine, Rutgers University

State of the Art, Art of the State, Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation

Afterimage, Visual Studies Workshop

 

Education

Yale College, B.A.

State University of New York, M.F.A. (Visual Studies Workshop)

Boston College, J.D.