August 11 – 18: Truth and Being | Jason Judd and Juan Fernandez

Truth and Being draws parallels between the work of Juan Fernandez and Jason Judd. Both artists are drawn to the ideas of reality and perception, which they investigate through photography and video. Juan’s photographs challenge the notion of truth through the manipulation of architectural environments leaving the viewer to question, not only the photograph as a document, but their own perceptual bias. Jason’s video and photographic work finds metaphor that lie inside reality. Using these metaphors allow him to speak of imagination and limitations, in a way, not to define, but to describe what it means to ‘be’.

Truth and Being finds its visual cohesiveness through the quite aesthetics the two artists exemplify. This quite aesthetic is disarming; allowing the poignancy of Judd and Fernandez’s ideas of perception and existence to be met with appropriate contemplation. The two artists’ work reinforces one another by subtle allusions and references that the viewer may find it easier to feel than to articulate.

Jason Judd is currently pursuing his MFA in Time Arts and Museum Studies at Northern Illinois University. As a graduate instructor for the NIU Time Arts program, Jason teaches Introduction to Video Art and Critical Topics in Art and Time. Jason is also a contributing writer
to Make Space art blog, a contributing art writer for Bite Magazine, and co-founder of The Jackalope Art Conference.

Juan Fernandez is currently a photographic artist based in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. He is pursuing a MFA in Photography at Northern Illinois University, where he is teaching. His photographs have been exhibited in shows at the Columbia College of Chicago Library, The Houston Center for Photography, The Midwest Center for Photography, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

This duo show will open Friday, August 11 from 7-10 pm. The show will run through August 18th. After the opening reception, open hours are by appointment.