JARED T STANLEY, ABD
RECENT WORK: TRANSIENCE SERIES
Images flood our world. Our conscious selves latch on to particular images to make meaning out of this transient, ever-changing world and to preserve peoples, places, and experiences as personal memory. Utilizing a televisual gaze my work explores past and potential. The televisual presence evokes history alongside liveness, nostalgia alongside achievement, spectatorship alongside participatory engagement. Images flitter and flick at an intense rate. Through the use of overlay photography, I carefully conjoin images in pause, resulting in symbolically rich fields for meaning-making. Each work is drawn from my personal observation of humanities capacity for beauty, ingenuity, and destruction.
Jared Stanley serves as Art & Design faculty at Bob Jones University in South Carolina teaching Printmaking and Graphic Design. As a PhD candidate for Critical Studies and Artistic Practice at Texas Tech University from the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Stanley explores Academic and Artistic research through his hand-printed photolithographs. His in-progress dissertation “Working Through Grief: Engagement with Loss in American ‘New Golden Age’ Television Drama” explores the affective impact of televisual bereavement, grief, and mourning practices on a sociological and relational level. As an extension of this research, Stanley’s recent exhibition “Boxed Steel” from 2016 served as a visualization of gender norms for grief through prints of televised and cinematic funerals, poetry, and performance. Stanley draws on television and life experiences to offer a critical lens on visual sociology.
BOXED STEEL explores sixty years of television broadcast and cinematic funerals, while simultaneously serving as the personalization of my research into the social construction of grief. This body of work engages with two different aspects of representations of death in popular visual culture. The first addresses my personal understanding of bereavement through identification with characters, story lines, or social situations seen in popular visual media. The second questions broader cultural presentations of viewpoint and constructions of “truth” by visually juxtaposing documentations of life with representations of life. | READ REVIEW
bLACK uMBRELLAS | April 19, 2015
FOLIO GALLERY, LANDMARK ARTS
As the postmodern subject faces various life circumstances, their forming from external sources becomes more apparent. The outside touches even the most difficult and intimate of topics of personal loss and grief. Doris’ statement regarding the mediated nature of self addresses construction through mass media. bLACK uMBRELLAS addresses the collision of thought, the internal, and popular media, the external, prevalent throughout the grieving process.
Today’s popular culture readily engages with topics of death and mourning, particularly as themes in cinematic productions, but how often do we consider the social and personal ramifications of viewing this work? This installation draws attention to conflict that arises when the invented virtual overlays the personal, thus continuing the construction of normative bereavement through visual culture. Through this installation I seek to engage with the private and public aspects of grief, display the conflict during the construction of self, and reveal popular cultures role in this system.
Through the apparatus, a living room setting with an open doorway, the viewer wrestles with his status of viewer—the observer—and the observed—object. Rather than allowing the “poser the pleasure of inhabiting the object position” there is discomfort when second person inhabits the space (Peraino, 156). Through the text and projection, the piece also addresses colonization of thought. The viewer’s surface is being re-imaged with someone else’s “internal truths,” while the text, ingested as thought through the eye, acts as a dialogue between internal thought and external cinematic content (154). As this struggle takes place the unique—former—gives way to mass existence—latter—revealing the construction of normative bereavement through popular culture (Benjamin, 22).