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SACI NY Gallery Presents "RIVE" by Jon Verney, Opening February 7

The SACI New York Gallery presents RIVE, a photography exhibition by 2011 Post-Bac in Studio Art alumnus Jon Verney, opening February 7.

SACI welcomes Jon Verney, 2011 alumnus of the Post-Bac in Studio Art program, to the SACI New York Gallery for his upcoming show RIVE, an exhibition of new photographic works on view from February 7 to April 25, 2019. This spring exhibition will consist of large scale photographs made specifically for the SACI New York Gallery space. Jon Verney will be present at the Opening Reception on February 7, 2019 and the Artist Talk on April 18, 2019. Both events begin at 6:00pm.

Opening Reception: February 7, 2019 at 6:00pm
Artist Talk: April 18, 2019 at 6:00pm
On View: February 7 - April 25, 2019

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here

RIVE: A Photography Exhibition

Primarily a photographer, Verney’s work engages in manipulated found imagery. He creates an interplay between the images of forgotten, amateur photographers and the powerful sensation of abstract colors and fractal patterns. His work is a reiteration of the Dadaist practice of found objects and their subsequent metamorphoses after entering his possession.

Using the contemporary material that is a Polaroid and subjecting it to methods of tangible and controllable manipulation of photographic emulsion, Verney draws out the untapped potential that lays dormant.

He sources his materials, the Polaroids, from flea markets or shops, or buys them in bulk online. Blowing these small personal images up to a large scale reinvents the originals into something unintended at their initial creation, giving a commentary on personal versus public.

The subject of the body of work in RIVE engages in the theme of a schism, a fault line, a separation of two worlds that butt up against one another, like the waves of the ocean lapping against the shore. The banal, common-place nature of these amateur photographs is at the same time both obscured behind and obscuring the organic blooms of his manipulations, giving the sensation of a reciprocity between reality and surreality. 

- Brianna Hayes, SACI New York Gallery Manager

About the Artist

Jon Verney (b. 1987, New Jersey) is a visual artist whose practice interweaves the materiality of painting and photography. After earning a BFA with Distinction in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, he relocated to Florence, Italy, where he attended Studio Arts College International’s Post-Baccalaureate program in Painting. After completing the program he was awarded a SACI Photo/Media Teaching Assistantship and continued working at the school for two additional years as a TA and darkroom technician.

Upon returning to the United States, Verney received his MFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in 2016. There, he received numerous grants from the University to fund his creative research including a Smucker-Wagstaff Scholarship and an International Project Grant to experiment with redeveloping silver based photographs in geothermal springs in the Yellowstone Caldera, Iceland, and the Salton Sea in California. Verney was recently an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, a visiting artist at Adrian College, an invited guest at an international symposium on painting at the University of Arts, Helsinki, Finland, and will be an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in January, 2018. His studio practice is currently based in North Adams, Massachusetts.

See more of Jon Verney's works on his website.


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