VAM 37 | Curator’s Choice Profile: Jason Brown

Jason Brown, Moose Season in the Gaspe, Riviere-au-Renard, QC, 2011, 2014, Archival Pigment Print. Image Courtesy of the artist.

Visual Arts Mississauga 37th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 15 – February 14, received 232 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 41 artists to be in the show.Until the end of the exhibition, the AGM blog will feature VAM 37 artists. Learn about the thinking behind the works in the exhibit, and see the works in person at the AGM! Vote for the VAM 37 People’s Choice Winner at our facebook page! To purchase works, contact the AGM.

In this post, the AGM blog features Jason Brown, winner of the Curator’s Choice Award.

How did you come to the idea to construct this work? What was the thought process behind it and what were your strategies in expressing this idea visually?

This piece is from a larger body of work entitled You Seem To Be Where I Belong. The series is sort of my own personal exploration and documentation of Canada as I encounter it. What started out as a very loose project framework (almost an excuse) to allow me to go out and explore and make photographs in settings and environments that engaged my interests and emotions, has developed into what I think is an interesting portrayal of the Canadian landscape. The specific piece in VAM37 – Moose Season in the Gaspe, Riviere-au-Renard, QC – was made during a 5-week road trip in Eastern Canada and the Maritimes. It’s an image that is loaded with a lot of personal meaning, but at the same it’s also an image that I think represents the area quite well and that  many people can find some relation to, whether they are from that area or not, which is really what I’m trying to achieve with this body of work.

Based on your experience in the 905, what has been the importance of a public art gallery and juried art shows?

Juried art shows have provided me with opportunities to exhibit my work in certain galleries and situations that, at the time, would not have been open to me otherwise. Beyond this, juried shows, and public art galleries in general, provide me with continual sources of inspiration as they allow me to connect with a variety of local artists and artistic practices that I’m generally not exposed to on a daily basis.

Who’s your favourite artist (ideally within the 905)? How do you feel this artist has inspired your work?

I wouldn’t say I have a single favorite artist, but I admire and find inspiration from the work of many artists. With respect to the type of images I make, I have to say (hopefully without sounding too obvious) that I identify strongly with the “usual” masters in colour photography, including Joel Sternfeld, Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, etc. And I’m continually following the work of more contemporary (younger?) photographic artists, such as Eirik Johnson, Jessica Auer, Scott Conarroe, Eliot Dudik, Lucas Foglia and Jeff Rich, to name just a few.