Aaron Flint Jamison

2016 Fellowship Recipient

In 2015, Aaron Flint Jamison had solo exhibitions at his galleries, Miguel Abreu in New York and Air de Paris in Paris. The year ended with work that had been originally shown in his 2014 exhibition at Artists Space, now in a Whitney collection exhibition, Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner. Jamison has never had an exhibition in Portland, with regional shows limited to a young conceptual artist’s dorm room in Salem and Open Satellite in Seattle where he cloaked the previous exhibition in a layer of bamboo veneer.

Veneer also is the name of Jamison’s long-term project, an 18-volume artist’s publication, printed adventurously, extravagantly, in the guise of an academic journal with, for example, articles on leather culture and yoga, and photos of the gardens at Pixar. Jamison has spoken of Veneer as a performance, involving many friends printing and collating, and even sealing one issue in spray foam.

Jamison makes sculptures and performances as well as artist’s books and publications. His performances have included a Reddit Ask Me Anything at a custom PC console and a handbell choir. His sculptures, crafted of wood, metal and glass, have included complex action. One object continually scanned the exhibition space, storing the data on deprecated technology. Another housed multiple Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) units working with peers on tasks such as generating income or looking for SETI or helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Jamison was included in the 2015 Liverpool Biennial and will be included in the upcoming Biennale d'Art Contemporain in Rennes. He is the co-founder of Yale Union, a contemporary art institution in Portland. Jamison has an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. In 2015 he took a position as Assistant Professor of Photomedia at University of Washington.

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