September 29 - December 9, 2023
From RULE Gallery:
“RULE Gallery is pleased to present Tangential, Jason DeMarte's sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. A public reception will be held on Saturday, September 30, from 4- 6pm with the artist in attendance. The show will be on view from September 29 – December 9, 2023. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-5pm and by appointment. RULE is located at 204 E. San Antonio St, Marfa, TX. Tangential is DeMarte's newest series of photographic assemblages that accentuate intricately composed flora and fauna, particularly birds, alongside seductive sweets and plastic detritus such as caps, cords, and bags. Through his distinctive artistic process utilizing a commercial studio approach, he meticulously constructs surreal allegories that reflect a post-dystopian landscape while retaining the echoes of a past marked by depravity. DeMarte's work engages with complex themes, such as truth, consumption, visual gluttony, and waste, while simultaneously playing upon humanity's unquenchable desire for beauty. The resulting images lure us in while conveying a sense of unease, highlighting how our addiction to consumption and disposability impact the natural world. To create the works in Tangential, DeMarte traveled to varying places, photographing his subjects in the studio and 'en plein air'. Continuing his artistic and thematic evolution, this series delves deeper into humanity's contradictory biases concerning the natural world. The greater dichotomy between serenity and discomfort in the new works mirrors our species' journey through modern times. Jason DeMarte (b. 1973) was born in Lafayette, LA and lives in and works in Ann Arbor Michigan where he is 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. DeMarte's work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, both nationally and internationally including, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Wessell Synman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; and the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit. His work has appeared in journals, textbooks, and publications, including; The Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, A Short Course in Digital Photography, The Elements of Photography, Six Years Later, Photo Review, Manifest, British Journal of Photography, the Black Warrior Review, and The Oxford American. Jason DeMarte is a two-time recipient of PhotoLucida's Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers in the world.
RULE Gallery, founded in 1991, has locations in Denver, CO, and Marfa, TX. RULE represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists and artist estates, with a focus on fostering investigative art practices while developing artists' long-term careers. Outside their robust in-house exhibition schedule, RULE coordinates programming in prominent institutions and non-traditional settings, expanding community engagement with the work. In addition, the gallery actively endeavors to bringgreater recognition of the region's historic art movements to a broader audience. For more information, visit http://www.rulegallery.com/”
Reception: September 30, 2023 | 4–6 pm
204 E. San Antonio St
Marfa, 79843 TexasGet directions