May 1, 2014
The Framemaker proudly presents new work by artist Jared Cleghorn. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 1, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
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Artist Statement / I took a trip earlier this year that involved driving, flying, being shuttled around and hotel rooms, which meant spending a great portion of my time looking out windows. I saw inspiring landscapes and experienced moments that I will cherish for the remainder of my life. Although I was not always physically free to experience what was beyond the window in its entirety, I appreciate and revere what each encounter offered me.
This trip reveals the fact that most of my life I find myself “looking out windows”. Each window is a limited line of sight or a glimpse that represents the time frame I am allotted to experience a moment, a friend, a lover, a landscape, or my life as with any portrait or portrayal. As a series of windows and memories to look through, one is only able to experience what is within the constraints of the window. Yet the portrait is more than just a visual representation of what laid beyond the pane of glass and often ended up being a reflection of myself, the viewer.
The landscapes had their own stories as well as the people who sat next to me on the planes and in the cars. As I looked out each window, I took it all in, soaked up every last ounce that was available to me knowing that in the end the only remnant would be a memory. The views I managed to store within me can never live up to the actual living and breathing subjects. This is what I am left with. Fragmented recollections of transitory moments of perfect happiness and blurred, obscure photographs of awe inspiring landscapes.
I want to hold on to these landscapes forever, but like the years and the bliss we get to live, and the ever changing landscapes themselves – it is all fleeting. I used various mediums and techniques, but of particular importance are the scraps of old books and papers that I have collected and cherished over the years. I have created physical memories of what I viewed through the various windows of a trip in an attempt to preserve, relive, and share these memories and experiences.
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Bio / Jared Cleghorn was born in Vandenberg AFB, California, in 1984. As a dependent of a military service member, Jared is accustomed to and has grown to appreciate change, new lands, and stability. The proximity of his family and opportunity of education is what brought him to Clarksville, TN where he attended Austin Peay State University and received a BA in Studio Art in 2009. Geographical themes and expansive horizons continued to direct his attention and center his life and eventually led him to continue his education. He is currently studying Geoscience with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. His current work explores the relationship between the individual and a sense of place by integrating his knowledge of the visual arts with his growing scientific understanding of the natural world. He is fond of collage and in particular the reuse of old discarded paper scraps and forgotten documents, which he uses to recreate memories and landscapes to be remembered and generates glimpses of possibilities to be seen.