Jason DeMarte

Jason DeMarte

Born: 1973, Lafayette, LA

Biography and Information

Biography

Jason DeMarte creates fictional tableaux that examine beauty, perfection, and excess in relation to flora and fauna. In his Confected series, DeMarte digitally composes images that blend scenes of birds, trees, fruit, and flowers with brightly colored, commercially processed items. These photographs show a highly stylized world that combines the contrived and the natural.

DeMarte’s work can be found in the collections of the Fort Collins, Colorado Historical Museum; Fort Wayne Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. He has shown in exhibitions throughout the US as well as in South Africa, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.

My work investigates how our modern day interpretation of the natural world compares to the way we approach our immediate consumer environment. I am interested in the American modes of representing the natural world through events and objects that have been fabricated or taken out of context. This unnatural experience of the so-called “natural” world is reflected in the way we, as modern consumers, ingest products.  What becomes clear is that the closer we come to mimicking the natural world, the further away we separate ourselves from it. I work digitally, combining images of fabricated and artificial flora and fauna with commercially produced and processed products.

I look at how these seemingly unrelated and absurd groupings and composites begin to address attitudes and understandings of the contemporary experience. I represent the natural world through completely unnatural elements to speak metaphorically and symbolically of our mental separation from what is “real”, and compare and contrast this with the consumer world we surround ourselves with as a consequence. – Jason DeMarte

Education

2000
MFA, Photography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1997
BFA, Photography, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Exhibitions

2018
Adorned, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

Naturally Artificial, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO

It Doesn’t Look The Same Anymore, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Confected, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA

To the End of the Earth, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

After Industry, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI

Confected, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2016
Second Nature, Rule Gallery, Marfa, TX (solo)

Gone Green, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

Confected, SRO Photo Gallery, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX (solo)

2015
Spinning Yarns, The University of the Arts, Hamilton & Arronson Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2015, Ft Wayne Museum of Art, Ft. Wayne, IN (Juror Merit Award)

Confected, Month of Photography, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO (solo) 

Playing with Beauty, Month of Photography, Red-Line Arts Center, Denver, CO

Unreal, Tiny Tiny Group Show, tinytinygroupshow.com

Yuma Art Center, Yuma Art Symposium Presenters, Yuma, AZ

Allegorical Space, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2014
Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography, Andrews Gallery, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

How to Disappear, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Winona, MN

The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2014, Ft Wayne Museum of Art, Ft. Wayne, IN

Spinning Yarns, Art Gallery, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

Spinning Yarns, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX

Spinning Yarns, Rechnitz Hall Gallery, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

2013
Animal Skins Photographic Surfaces, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Consumption, University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, MI

Animal Show, Pterodactyl Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Blooms Bugs, Beasts, The Scarab Club Arts and Cultural Center, Detroit, MI

Spinning Yarns, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

Spinning Yarns, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Spinning Yarns, Newspace Center for Contemporary Photography, Portland, OR

2012
SPE Conference/Alumni Exhibition, LaVerne Krause Gallery, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Sustenance, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Panacea, Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI (solo)

Post Apocalypse, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Annual Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI

Spinning Yarns, Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV

2011
Food for Thought, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Mystic and Mysticism, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI

Utopic, The Art Institute of Wisconsin, Milwaukie, WI (solo)

Spinning Yarns, Kendall Gallery, traveling exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

Spinning Yarns, University of St. Francis’s Lupke Gallery, traveling exhibition, Fort Wayne, IN

Gallery 44, International Exchange Project, Toronto, Canada

(un)seen and (un)heard, SoftSpot, www.soft-spot.net, Online Exhibition

Artist’s Choice, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI

Spinning Yarns, Kendall Galleries, College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

University Gallery, Annual Faculty Exhibition, Ypsilanti, MI

Ford Gallery, New Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

2010 Open Daybook, Los Angeles Center of Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA 

Utopic, Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town South Africa (solo)

The Museum of Unnatural History, ClampArt, NYC

Midnite Snacks, 1366 space, Chicago, IL

2009
Utopic, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO (solo)

Red at Rule, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

Santa Fe Community College Gallery, University of New Mexico Faculty exhibition, Santa Fe, NM

Ghost Print Gallery, Midnite Snacks, Richmond, VA

Midnite Snacks, USSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Un-natural Nature of Food, Fraction Magazine Online Journal, (Online Juried Exhibition)

Faculty exhibition, McComas Hall Gallery, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

2008 New Perspectives, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

Solitary States, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL

LACDA Top 40, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

Rollover Minutes, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL

Plates to Pixels, Pacific Northwest Center for Photography, Featured Artist (Online duel artist exhibition)

Biannual Exhibition, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Albuquerque, NM

2007
Barely Legal, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL         

Photo Review, Gallery 1401, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (International juried exhibition/publication)

Global Warning, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL (Featured Artist)            

Plates to Pixels, Pacific Northwest Center for Photography (Online international juried exhibition)             

Terminal, Trahern Gallery,  Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (International juried exhibition)

Faculty exhibition, McComas Hall Gallery, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

2006 Photography Now, 100 Portfolios, Write State University, Dayton, OH

Restoring Memory, Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (solo)

2005
Faculty exhibition, McComas Hall Gallery, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Katrina relief benefit exhibition, Architecture gallery, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

2004
Restoring Memory, E3 Gallery, New York City, NY 9 (solo)

Gallery Retrospective, E3 Gallery, New York City, NY

14 Artists, Abu Dhabi Cultural Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE

12 Artists, Total Arts Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Restoring Memory, Over-ground Gallery, Dubai, UAE (solo)

Atmosphere, University Gallery, Artists Responses to Space(s) Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI


Collections

21c Museum Hotels

Fort Collins Colorado Historical Museum, Fort Collins, CO

Ft. Wayne Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Wayne, IN

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA 

Mid-West Photographers Project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Awards
Please contact the gallery for this information

Press

2019
Brendan Seibel, The Art of the Unnatural, Adobe Creative Magazine, January 25

2017
Anna Schuman, Confected at Gallery Kayafas, Boston Art Review, December 5

Jennifer M. Friess, Rule Breakers: Jason DeMarte, Don’t Take Pictures,

November 20

Confected, Wall Street International, March 15

Sarah Rose Sharp, Three Artists Visualize the Uneasy Cohabitation of Humans and, Nature Hyperallergic, March 14

Glen Mannisto, After Industry @ Wasserman Projects, Detroit Art Review, March 5

Allie Biswas, After Industry, Studio International, March 4

Diane Armitage, Confected, THE Magazine, March 31

After Industry, Wall Street International, February 26

Nathaniel Ainley, A Group Show in Detroit Asks, Can Humans and Nature Ever Coexis, Creators / vice.com, February 4

Mimiking Nature with Fake Flowers and Candy, PDN Photo of the Day, February 3

2016
Andy Smith, Jason DeMarte Depicts Natural World With Nothing Natural
Hi-Fructose Magazine, August 4

Jason DeMarte, Filter Photo, March 18

5 Artists to Watch, Life is too Short for Beige, February 3

Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver’s Rule Gallery connects art to nature — and Astro Turf, Denver Post, January 1

2015
Utopic, Immaculate Consumption in Absurd Juxtapositions, Gestalten, November

Rachel Beitz and Valerie Santerli, Rule in Marfa, A Love Story, Eclat International, Summer

Mark Rinaldi, At Rule Gallery, Art and Legacy Live on, The Denver Post, April 10 Artist Interview, Jason DeMarte, Limitless Magazine, Denver CO, April 2

Susan Froyd, Gallery Sketches: Three New Shows in Denver For The Weekend, Westword Magazine, March 27

MoP Denver 2015 Redline, L’Oeil de la Photographie, March 19

Susan Froyd, Moth of Photography 2015:Ten Not To Miss Shows, Westword Magazine, March 6

Consumo y naturaleza x Jason DeMarte, Freshland Magazine, March 6

2014
Marion Regnier, The Beauty of Cheetos, Erectile Magazine, September 25

Strange Narratives Unfold in “Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers”, San Antonio Current, July 2

Spotlight: The Beauty of Cheetos by Jason DeMarte, Talk of DC, June 28

Jason DeMarte, Nature vs Commercial Products, BeStreet, June 26

Victoria Casal-Data, Jason DeMarte Juxtaposes Sublime Landscapes With Cheetos, Beautiful/Decay, June 26

The Beauty of Cheetos by Jason DeMarte, Ignant, June 25

Priscilla Frank, Artist Explores The Tantalizing Beauty Of Cheetos And Donut Holes, Huffington Post, June 23

Amanda Gorence, Bizarre Photos Mash-up the Natural World and Consumer Society, Feature Shoot, June 13

2013
Featured Artist, BLOW Magazine, Published by Trocadero, Dublin, Issue 9 

Unconventional Photography, One Twelve Publishing, Diffusion Magazine, Portland OR, Special Issue #1

Carl Hoover,  Wood-fired ceramics, tale-telling photos in new Baylor art show, Waco Tribune, January 31

Stephanie S. Turner, Humanimalia, Relocating “Stuffed” Animals: Photographic

Remediation of Natural History Taxidermy, Volume 4, Number 2, DePauw University, Spring

Jason DeMarte, Interview, Light Leaked, Online journal,  April 1

OIL, Make 8elieve, Online journal, Issue #3, February

2011
British Journal of Photography, Featured Artist, Published by Incisive Media, UK, December issue

Angela Faris Belt, The Elements of Photography, 2nd edition, Focal Press

Six years Later, Art and design Magazine, Issue 2 Surface, Melbourne, Australia

Barbara London & Jim Stone, A Short Course in Photography, Prentice Hall, 8th edition

Barbara London & Jim Stone, A Short Course in Digital Photography, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition

2010 David P. Earle, Open Daybook, Mark Batty Publisher

Horizons British Airways in-flight publication, October

Featured Artist, Black Warrior Review, Spring/Summer, The University of Alabama

Southern Food, Oxford American, Issue 68, March 1

2009
Leanna Goebel, Art Week Colorado, Art Writer, Online Journal, July 14

Ken Hamel, Rule: Jason DeMarte and Ronnie B Johnson, Denver Arts Online Journal, July 10

Kim Russo, Teachers Turn UNM Faculty Exhibition, Santa Fe Reporter, March 30

Kyle Macmillan, The Frugal Valentine, The Denver Post, February 13

Barbara London & Jim Stone, A Short Course in Digital Photography, Prentice Hall, 1st edition 

2008
Raisa Clavijo, Solitary States, Wynwood, The Art Magazine, July

Rachel Hulin, Jason DeMarte: Utopic, Photoshelter Online Journal, June 10

The Photo Review,Critical Journal, Volume 29, Winner in the 2007 Photo Review International Photography -Competition, Juried by Toby Jurovics, Curator of Photography, Smithsonian Museum of American Art

2007
Holly Otterbein, Catch it or Regret It, Philadelphia City Newspaper,

December 12

2006
Photography Now: One Hundred Portfolios, International Juried DVD, Wright State University Art Galleries

Len Ly, Found Objects Evoke Memories, Campus Times, University of La Verne, September 29

 

Press Release
2017 Confected at Richard Levy Gallery