Jay Walker: Archetype
Jay Walker: Archetype
Philadelphia-based artist Jay Walker creates with colored tape and wood stencils bodiless clothed forms that have been 'emptied' - both literally and figuratively - as a gesture of transcendence and transformation. Featured is a series based on the Theotokos (Greek for 'Mother of God') that is converted from icon to archetype to embody a multitude of cultural diversities. The coded stance of the body remains constant while the garments mutate and shift until defining characteristics are blended and blurred.
'My work deals with tandem obsessions: materials and mystery,' Walkers notes. 'I challenge myself by taking what is in front of me and making it into something interesting: worm-eaten wood, vibrant colored tape, or the curation of other artists' work.'
Walker is a multi-disciplinary artist creating tape installations, mixed media painting/drawings, and carved sculptures. He has had solo exhibits at the Abington Art Center (Abington, PA), James Oliver Gallery (Philadelphia), Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and the Crane Hall (Philadelphia). He has also been in group exhibits at Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia), DCCA (Wilmington, DE), Space 38|39 (New York, NY), Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin Germany), Baden-Wuerttemberg Arts & Cultural Center (Heidelberg, Germany). Walker has a B.F.A. from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and a M.F.A. from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. For more information on the artist, visit www.jaywalkerstudio.com.
The Artist-in-Residence Program serves as a means of complementing the Department of Art's mission by providing students with an opportunity to observe an artist at work and to engage in dialogue with the artist through talks, demonstrations, and open studio visits. The program also supports the artistic development of professional artists while advancing creative and artistic excellence within the Rowan community.
As part of his residency, Walker will be creating a short animated ﬁlm (inspired by William Kentridge's stop motion process) that captures his process by photographing each moment as he moves from a blank wall in the studio to completed work. The ﬁnal product will be projected alongside actual installations in the gallery space.