ArtSlant Prize Presents: Jerry Shevick: And The Past Reared Its Head

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Golden Turkey, 2012
ArtSlant Prize Presents: Jerry Shevick: And The Past Reared Its Head
Curated by: Joel Kuennen

202 S State ST
Chicago, IL 60604
April 20th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013

Michigan Ave/Downtown


 This exhibition will be shown at the Pop-Up Art Loop space at 202 S. State Street

 The  photos  shown  here  are  part  of  my  new  and  ongoing  series  entitled,  And  The  Past   Reared  Its  Head.    The  shots  on  which  it  is  based  are  from  slides,  decades  and  often   over  a  half  century  old.    They  are  images  from  my  past,  as  well  as  many  others.     They’ve  been  re-­‐shot  and  re-­‐imagined.

As  the  digital  revolution  rolls  on,  we  won’t  remember  in  the  same  ways.    There  is  no   fading  of  the  image,  no  lens  flares,  no  developing  errors.    Our  past  is  as  crystal  clear   as  the  day  we  shot  it.    But,  that  clarity  comes  with  a  cost:    the  medium  itself   immersed  us  in  the  stories,  whether  the  family  slide  show  or  photo  album.      Our   minds  were  challenged  with  recreating  the  colors  and  context  of  deteriorating  or   poor  images.  My  photos  often  accent  the  degradations,  making  them  a  part  of  the   overall  aesthetic.    Mildew,  dust,  fading  –  it  all  creates  a  sense  of  time,  mystery  and   beauty.

Each  of  these  photos  is  a  story.    Some  are  extraordinary,  some  puzzling  or  funny,   and  some  deeply  sad.    These  are  stories  that  bind  our  collective  past  together.    The   images  I’m  presenting  will  hopefully  take  you  back  to  your  own  stories  and  help  you   create  new  ones.       My  mom  was  famous  for  having  her  thumb  in  almost  every  shot  she  took.    That’s   what  I  love.    

JERRY  SHEVICK       2013


About the artist:


Jerry Shevick has been taking photographs for the last 30 years, and began printing and selling his work over the last 20. He has predominantly worked in black and white, but with the 2012 opening of And The Past Reared Its Head, he has plunged with both feet into color. This is an ongoing series that takes vintage slides from Jerry’s past, as well as from many others, and through a process of re-shooting and re-imagining the photograph, looks at our collective past. In many ways, these photographs echo themes that always seem to thread through Jerry’s work: quiet moments that pull you into a story–--whether yours or one imagined. The work was introduced in a solo show in Malibu and has since been selected for The Topanga Fine Art Gallery’s Juried Exhibition, is currently part of the Jane Deering Gallery’s Flat File Project, gained Jerry entry into the Los Angeles Arts Association and will be seen in another solo exhibition in Santa Monica, California’s hale ARTSPACE Gallery in August of 2013. The work has been used in magazine layouts and is also hung in the retail space, Loft 13 in Silver Lake, California.
Jerry’s work can be viewed at
For most of his career, Jerry was an entertainment executive, running a division of Hearst Entertainment and then founding his own company. He created or produced over 1,500 episodes of non-fiction programming, winning a number of awards along the way. He was also an executive on over 50 made-for-television movies. Jerry is still involved in the industry by teaching a producing course for the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is always keeping an eye out for potential talent.
In addition to his photography, Jerry has built a botanical press for large-scale leaf pressings. Mounted on fine Japanese paper, these pieces look at nature as design and architecture.
Jerry’s two children’s books, Maxfield & The Mixed Animals and I Was A Boy Zombie are currently with the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency.
Jerry has also recently launched Malibu Mountain Farms, a small organic farm that will launch an artisanal pickle line by the end of 2013. There is also a citrus orchard and lavender field, with lavender products to follow.
Jerry and his wife, Susan, have two great kids, Truman and Ivy, and a myriad of pets.
Jerry is busy.


The 2013 exhibitions at 202 State St are presented by the ArtSlant Prize and the Pop-Up Art Loop. For more information on the ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series and to learn how to enter, please visit our FAQ here.