JERED SPRECHER Representation (2) Website CV
Knoxville, TN | Painting, Drawing
Jered Sprecher lives and works in Knoxville, TN. Sprecher is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and has had residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Manhattan, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Sprecher has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the Knoxville Museum of Art, Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles, and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. His work has been included in exhibitions at Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló, The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Bronx River Art Center, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Asheville Art Musuem, and Hunter Museum of American Art. His work has been written about in Art Papers, The Boston Globe, Burnaway, Hyperallergic, Beautiful Decay, and New American Paintings. Currently, Sprecher is a Professor of Art at The University of Tennessee. He has taught at The University of Iowa, Princeton University, and Cornell University.
My work uses old and new technology to compresses time into the surface of painting. Flora, fauna, and natural phenomena, experienced through digital technology, are the images I wrestle with. As we acquire and consume images, birds, plants, flowers, stones, and fires dissolve into the light of the screen, the digital lens, and the glowing tablet. My paintings wade into the long tradition of trying to capture light in the oily pigment of paint, however the paintings also grasp for the evanescent light of the screens through which we often experience our world. The paintings’ color palette draws from the unlikely pairing of the romantic landscape and the glowing light of the digital screen.
We try to manage the wild-ness of nature and the expanding presence of technology. Both nature and the digital world are places where one confronts the wonder and the dread of limitless information. My paintings invoke the wonder we feel when we encounter a thing of natural beauty as well as the vast technological landscape. The work toggles between longing for intimate understanding, while also being frustrated by the immensity and elusive qualities of nature and the technological landscape.
Each painting explores what happens as technology and nature continue to overlap and interact. Our understanding of our environment and our technology fundamentally define how we exist daily in this world. Our relationship to both nature and technology are vital concerns of the past, present, and future.