Jared Handlesman


January 13 – March 30, 2008

My photograms and video work document botanical shadow phenomena.

The photograms are made outdoors at night, exposed by flashlight, car headlights and/or moonlight. For example, in my car-headlight exposures I bring a sheet of photo paper to the forest’s edge at a bend in the road where car headlights stray and sweep across the landscape. I wait until a car approaches and hold up the paper to catch the shadows and light as they filter through the woods. Where I stand, the speed of the car, if the car has its “brights” on, and whether the car is traveling the road alone or is one of several in succession, all contribute to the character of the print.

The video work featured in this exhibition suggest positive, animated versions of my photo-paper negatives, however, they actually are the documentation of shadows on an interior wall. In the late afternoon, sunrays pass through the forest in such a way that they enter my studio window and cast a shadow play on an interior wall. I set up a digital video camera capturing the images as they shift across the room. The audio consists of ambient sounds recorded concomitantly by the camera’s internal microphone.

–   Jared Handelsman, 2008

Jared Handelsman resides in Catskill, NY.  He earned his MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University and his BA from Vassar College.  His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY; and the School House Center’s Driskel Gallery in Provincetown, MA; and Art Awareness in Lexington, NY.  His work is included in the collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, the Kanter Fitzgerald collection in New York City as well as private collections.

Jared has participated in residencies at C- Scape Dune Shack, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony for the Arts, and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.  Awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts RCCA Special Opportunity Stipend.  Additionally his work has been published in the Cape Cod Times, Princeton Architectural Press, the Woodstock Times and was included in the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s publication Photography Quarterly as part of CPW’s inaugural Triennial of the Photographic Arts in 2005.