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I am interested in creating imagery that sucks you into a larger world. A hierarchical framing system that revolves around framing the viewer as if they were a character within the image. I see it as playing the player similar to early Doom and 007 games. My primary influences are comic books, cartoons and video games. The graphic quality functions theatrically, detached, and is affected by our digitized culture, advertising, and the way we see ourselves within the world and [how we] navigate this space.
Each images is like an encounter of different moments in times, existing in the same world but different stories, placing the emphasis on intense encounters of a chaotic, and seemingly senseless environment. Sometimes the narrative is based on something very specific, maybe something I saw. It’s always about interaction between people, and then it takes off from there. The characters in these encounters are sort of being swallowed up by the compositions. The end result represents the transition or metamorphosis of the character, changing into something different from what they physically are.
Currently i am investigating how is judgement incorporated into my work, paying close attention to how i am creating/filtering my decision making to fine tune my process and images.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, Jonathan DeDecker, received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently working towards his Masters of Fine Arts degree in the painting, drawing and sculpture department at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. He attended Michelle Grabner’s Poor Farm experiment summer school residency program in 2014. Jonathan also received the Carter prize for oil painting in 2013, and the Odili Odita Scholarship in 2015.
Recent group exhibitions include the Minneapolis Convention Center, Waiting Room Gallery, Kolman and Pryor Gallery, The Quarter Gallery, The Abstracted Gallery, Katherine E Nash Gallery, New Orleans Center for Art Gallery, and a two person show at Great Far Beyond. He is currently working working towards his first Solo Show at New Boon(e) in Philadelphia, PA for March of 2016.