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Ongoing thru Dec 7 — Jonathan McFadden Art Exhibition

My work is centered on connections, be it between imagery, text, found and mass-produced objects I seek to create narrative contingencies by linking information.  This information is largely taken from and influenced by social media posts, cell phone photography, online advertising, to name a few.  From the sourced information look for connections between the objects and information seeking out what is real and a facsimile.  This may include a cctv camera streaming an image of a fake houseplant on a mass-produced shelf that hold both an original print and an object that utilized the documentation of that print.  I seek then to create a dialogue with the viewer about the value of objects and their hierarchy when placed together and in conjunction with the seemingly ephemeral nature of social media linguistics.


I am interested in how we interact with, interpret and process fragments of personal narratives of people we have loose associations with yet have found ourselves a voyeur in the personal moments of their life.  While this could be considered ephemeral imagery because it only is in our feeds temporarily these digital images have a permanence and history that exists beyond the few seconds we view them on our computers or phones.  By utilizing this information for object creation the ephemeral take on a static permanence altering how the information is consumed and allows the viewer to engage in the new dialogues with the work.


~Jonathan McFadden

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Mary Berry Hall, Farnham Galleries
400-628 N C St, Indianola, IA 50125, USA

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