The annihilation of space and time through the advent of photography in the mid nineteenth century transformed American life. We are in the midst of a furthering of that annihilation. Through photomontage I am exploring the narrative that emerges between subject, space and time. The work reflects various photographs that I have taken merged with others from my family’s albums. I find myself inspired by the stories that come in to focus when we collocate the medium of photography with 21st century technological practices, the cultural influence of the medium of photography, and the personal history of family. Each blended piece possesses its own original story, in addition to insights about photography, representation, fabrication, and visual language.
In creating this project while looking through the lens of my family’s histories and biases I have found that these stories extend beyond my own journey. They exist throughout our environment into our country’s cultural identity. They are stories of perseverance, pride, struggle, life and death. They are human stories intertwined in a majestic landscape.
Jackson Patterson received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. He began his process in Arizona where he grew up. Exposed to the expansive landscapes throughout the west Jackson laid foundation for his appreciation for the land and the human story within it. Patterson’s images breathe insight into representation, fabrication, visual language and the relationship of people and the earth.
He has been exhibiting his photographs in Hong Kong, London, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, California, Chicago, New York and Arizona since 2000 at the Houston Center for Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Morris Graves Museum of Art, the Pendleton Art Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the David Brower Center. His work is in various private collections and in the Paul Sack Collection at the SFMOMA. He was recently awarded the Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 for best single image, the International Photography Awards 1st place in 2014, and was a Photo Lucida Critical Mass top 50 photographer in 2015. Jackson currently resides and works in Chicago.