Jason DeMarte: Second Nature

Rule Marfa

July 22 - September 17, 2016

rule-marfaJason DeMarte, Blue Mourning, 2016, pigmented ink print, 40 x 40 inches, edition of 4 (additional sizes available)

Second Nature continues the series of work, Confected, by DeMarte that was featured in a solo exhibition at RULE Gallery, Denver, in 2015. It extends his commentary on our cultural tendency to idealize the natural world while continually trying to improve upon it. He explores the veneer of material desire and constructed natural beauty by composing fictional tableaux that speak to our obsession with beauty, perfection and excess. By “improving” on the natural elements with lighting, careful arrangement, and post-processing, DeMarte illustrates how nature becomes just another commercial good, victim to our material desires.

With Second Nature, DeMarte's greater technical expertise with allows him to push the process further, resulting in compositions that are more premeditated and have a deeper understanding, ahead of time, of what feelings and responses his methods generate. This evolution mimics humanity's development of techniques that cultivate nature more, and with greater precision, to suit and stoke our desires. DeMarte's works present a second nature that has left behind few traces of the original.

Jason DeMarte, b. 1973, is currently a tenured professor of photography at Eastern Michigan University. He received his B.F.A. in Photography from Colorado State University and then his M.F.A in Photography from the University of Oregon. Previous to teaching in Mississippi, Jason taught photography for three years at Zayed University, an all-Muslim women’s University in the United Arab Emirates.

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204 E San Antonio St
Marfa, TX 79843

 


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