jaret vadera: where the ocean meets the sky | exhibition catalog


jaret vadera: where the ocean meets the sky | exhibition catalog


jaret vadera: where the ocean meets the sky
Exhibition Catalog
Hardcover, 58 pages
Signed by the artist
Produced by Project for Empty Space
Contributions by Swapnaa Tamhane, Meenakshi Thirukode and Jasmine Wahi
Designed by Rebecca Pauline Jampol

About | jaret vadera: where the ocean meets the sky
where the ocean meets the sky is an exhibition of work by transdisciplinary conceptual artist Jaret Vadera. Through a constellation of immersive installations, projections, and mixed media work the exhibition explores different spaces that lie just “beyond.” "Beyond" in Vadera's work is posited as a space of possibility- beyond language, images, and social constructions. where the ocean meets the sky makes a poetic reference to the offing, the furthest place in the distance we can see with the naked eye. The horizon line becomes a zone that is imagined, but also real. Blurring both the borders of the ocean and the sky, and alluding to stories of travelers, wayfinders, and migrations across different kinds of borders. Vadera’s works expose the charged interstitial grey areas that lie just beyond binaries of us and them, this and that. Vadera decolonizes visual aesthetics hidden in everyday culture, while weaving together a constellation of multivalent stories about aliens, rude maps, and unreliable narrators.

This book was published in parallel to Jaret Vadera’s exhibition, also titled where the ocean meets the sky, at Project for Empty Space in Newark, New Jersey in 2018.

About | jaret vadera
Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work explores how different social, technological, and cognitive processes shape and control the ways that we understand the world around and within us. His practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/de-colonial theory, science fiction, Buddhist philosophy, and the study of impossible objects.

Vadera’s work has been exhibited widely and is included in several institutional and private collections. Notable institutions where the artist’s work has been shown include; the Queens Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Asia Society Museum, New York; Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington DC; Aga Khan Museum, Toronto; the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai; Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah; and Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ. Vadera completed his undergraduate education at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He received his

MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. He has lectured and taught at: Pratt Institute; Yale University; Brooklyn College; Montclair State University; IIT Madras; and Cornell University.

Jaret Vadera lives and works in New York.

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