Jordan Tate, "New Work #41", from the series "New Work", 2010, unique archival pigment print, 16 x 28”

Jordan Tate, “New Work #41”, from the series “New Work”, 2010, unique archival pigment print, 16 x 28”

Jordan Tate

“New Work” is an exploration of visual language and process. In a sense, it is an examination of how we see, what we see, what merits being seen, and how images function in contemporary visual culture. The photographic image is still often viewed as a mechanical reproduction of reality. In this paradigm, the photograph functions not as an object, but as a conceptually transparent representation of a reproduced reality rather than an object loaded with historical and functional contexts. “New Work” is an acknowledgement of the image-maker as the mediator of sight, as well as an exploration of process and practice in contemporary image viewing and production. The images are a continuation of ongoing research and photographic critique concerning the visual and conceptual processes of image comprehension.

Jordan Tate completed a Bachelor’s of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a MFA in Photography from Indiana University. A Fulbright Fellow (2008-2009), he is a professor of photography at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Jordan is the author of the recently published The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms from St. Martin’s Press (2007). His work is currently held in collections nationwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX). He also runs the contemporary art blog, I Like This Art.