JERED SPRECHER Representation (3) Website CV
Knoxville, TN | Painting, Drawing
Jered Sprecher was born in Lincoln, Nebraska (1976). He received his MFA from The University of Iowa and his BA from Concordia University. He has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, Gallery 16 in San Francisco, Stephen Zevitas Gallery in Boston, and Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Chinati Foundation, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Hunter Museum of American Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló. In 2009, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. More recently he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. He currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee where he is a Professor at The University of Tennessee.
As an artist I make paintings that exist in the sliver of space between abstraction and representation. I look to the lived daily experience of the world coupled with the artifacts of the past. My work compresses time into the surface and touch of painting, that old technology. Increasingly flora, fauna, and natural phenomenon have held my attention as I wrestle with this imagery within my paintings. Birds, plants, flowers, stones, and fires dissolve into the light of the screen, the digital lens, and the glowing tablet. There is something exquisitely profound about the evanescent light of the screen burning the image of a delicate flower into one’s mind. Light, flower, songbirds, and technology are here and also fade away. These bits of day-to-day life, seen through the window or on the screen are the starting points for my work.