This past weekend we celebrated the opening of Jeremy Mann’s first ever photography exhibition! However, before we dive into the excitement which ensued this weekend, I want to start this post with a quote from the Mann himself, describing how his work in photography is separated from the other mediums he works in. Photography is simply another continuation of his being.
The following quote is from an editorial in American Art Collector titled Unbound, which can be found in the November 2018 Issue.
“I would say [the photography] is just another extension of me as an art form in the same way as my paintings and motion pictures, poetry and writing are as well. Each artist is just that, a single and unique perspective, contained within one mind and soul. It’s the choice to output that perspective, which makes a person an artist. Not being limited by a medium is the most free form of that expression, and while there are many ways to express yourself, finding a multitude of fundamentally similar ways helps perfect the language of art in which I’m trying my best express myself to the world.”
This past Friday, November 16th we hosted the Opening Reception for Jeremy Mann: The Unbound Process, a collection of original paintings and photographs. The exhibition primarily showcases Jeremy’s toned silver gelatin prints, which were created using his homemade cameras and self-constructed dark room.
Guests mingled amid Jeremy’s perfectly displayed photographs and Jeremy moved throughout the gallery conversing with fans, collectors, and friends.
Jeremy always brings a great crowd and guests are always thrilled to talk to him about his work and their love for his art.
The Artist Talk:
The next day… Saturday, November 17th, Jeremy returned to the gallery to prepare for his momentous artist talk. Together we transformed the gallery from an open viewing space into an intimate realm occupied by candles, cocktails, cigar box cameras, and classy company.
We did things a bit differently this year, in order to maintain the rapport Jeremy wanted for this discussion this event required an RSVP for attendance.
Jeremy took his audience on a journey that examined the progression of his career as an artist, what makes him stand out from so many others, his assemblage of homemade cameras, the creation of his film The Conductor, experimentation, theories, and so much more!
Now I’m sure you’re wondering… what the heck did Jeremy say!? Unfortunately friends, I can’t share all the dirty details, but I can reveal a few key points. Above, I mentioned that Jeremy analyzed how his work sets him apart from many other artists. From graduate school at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco until now Jeremy Mann has created artwork that represents him, his style, rather than attempting to conform to something traditional or expected. Jeremy fully possesses the ability to adhere to the norm, but chooses to reject the usual because it doesn’t illustrate who he is as an artist, a mastermind, or a human. That’s the key to his success.
Another important thing you need to know about Jeremy is that he loves this sh*t, creating art is who Jeremy Mann is.
It’s all about the reference. For awhile Mann used digital photographs as references for his cityscapes and figure paintings, but those images were too literal. Thus, he turned to film photography for reference material. Film and his homemade cameras produce images that fuel and support his aesthetic. The photographs currently featured in The Unbound Process are representations of Jeremy’s use of film photography in his painting process. However, this show highlights how they stand alone as works of art rather than simply stepping stones leading to the completion of an oil painting.
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Our Jeremy Mann Solo Exhibition, The Unbound Process will remain on view through the end of November so come check it out! If you are unable to make it into the gallery, don’t worry, you can click here to view the entire exhibition.
A HUGE Thank You to everyone who attended this weekend’s festivities, it was a pleasure having you all and THANK YOU Jeremy, we’re honored to host this very special exhibition.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!