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