Featured Artist Jason Horowitz

Artist Jason Horowitz offers a fascinating portfolio of multi-layered images that seem to alter time and space. Visit his website to see more of his innovative photography.

 

stacked photos of the US capitol by Jason Horowitz

“#USCapitol” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

I consider myself extremely lucky to have a career doing something I love. Lots of people in the world never find that for themselves.

 

stacked photography by Jason Horowitz

“#SpaceNeedle” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

I didn’t start out, however, to be a visual artist. I was the kid who was always reading and writing, and I left home for college sure I would have a career as a writer. In fact, I signed up for a photography class just so I would be able to photograph the things I wrote about.

 

stacked photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa by Jason Horowitz

“#LeaningTowerofPisa” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

But then something (magical?) happened. The very first day I picked up a camera in that very first class, I knew I had stumbled on what I was meant to be doing. Looking through a camera allowed me to see the world in a new way. Since then, I’ve been compelled to engage with and interpret the world through photography.

 

stacked photos of the Wonder Wheel by Jason Horowitz

“#WonderWheel” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

From the beginning, I had an interest in abstraction and pushing boundaries. I was never satisfied making a picture I felt I had seen before. Why bother? Instead, back in the days of film, I used a panoramic camera to make horizonless black-and-white images, for example, and deconstructed frozen TV dinners in the studio to make colorful painterly abstractions.

 

stacked photos of Elvis Presley by Jason Horowitz

“#Elvis” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

In addition to my ongoing artistic practice, I returned to school for my MFA. I taught art at universities and secondary schools, maintained a commercial photography business, and exhibited my work throughout the United States and internationally.

 

stacked photos of the Gateway Arch by Jason Horowitz

“#GatewayArch” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

I’ve received several grants, including an Aaron Siskind Fellowship. This was especially gratifying since he is one of my heroes. Siskind was a true visual innovator who infused mid-twentieth century photography with a new, more modern and abstract aesthetic. I also had a museum solo exhibit at the American University Museum in Washington, DC.

 

stacked photos of Queen Elizabeth by Jason Horowitz

“#QueenElizabeth” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

What does it mean to be a photographic artist in the era of Photoshop and Instagram? More and more I’ve come to see myself as a meta-photographer. I use digital cameras and technology to investigate the very nature of photography and photographic “seeing” itself.

 

stacked photos of the Taj Mahal by Jason Horowitz

“#TajMahal” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

Over the past few years, I’ve assembled wall-size, stitched-together digital collages. I use Google Photo Sphere/Street View app and my smartphone camera to create 360° images that playfully bend space and time.

 

stacked photos of the Eiffel Tower by Jason Horowitz

“#EiffelTower” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

My current visual investigation into the nature of photography is the @Insta_Stack_Art project, photographic art about contemporary image overload and repetition. Searching #EiffelTower on Instagram, for instance, results in a continuously scrolling page of more than 6.6 million photos. Given that overwhelming visual deluge, why would I want to add another picture to the pile? Is it even possible to shoot something new?

 

stacked photos of the Brooklyn Bridge by Jason Horowitz

“#BrooklynBridge” archival inkjet print, 12” x 12” and 24” x 24”

 

To look at those questions and more, I’ve been appropriating images from the 95 million daily Instagram uploads and arranging them in x-ray stacks to create art that looks at our relationship to photography and pictures in general.

 

Artist Jason Horowitz invites you to follow him on Instagram, Facebook and the @Insta_Stack_Art project.

 

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