Jason Wallace’s art practice centers on public policy and its impact on social strata, structures, and our collective vision, not merely in the physical sense but within the context of cognition and perception. Recalling Roland Barthes’ notion that “the birth of the reader must be required by the death of the author,” Wallace’s work catalyzes the phenomenological toward the activation of the fullness of the human experience.
In his textile series ‘The Constant Pursuit’, the artist uses the long history of the target to call to action the codified knowledge, screams, and silences bound up in the perceptions of viewers. The symbol has a range of disparate associations and definitions, from striving for mastery in the many facets of life to perceptive failures. Wallace invites the audience to bring their lives to the work to make meaning.
Trained under some of the 20th century’s most brilliant artists and scholars, Jason Wallace has studied the aesthetic, business, visual, and political underpinnings of art for decades. From a childhood spent learning at the Art Institute of Chicago and coming into his own at Howard University College of Fine Arts, his explorations with paint and form led to a deep passion and pursuit of photography. He earned a Masters of Fine Art degree in studio art at Tufts University. Wallace’s work is in numerous private collections. He has completed public-facing murals and received commissions from the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR), among others.