Thursday, June 18, 2009

Five Questions We Ask Every Artist: Jade Doskow

Jade Doskow is KiptonART's Featured Artist for the magazine coming out online today at . Check out Jade's answers to the five questions we ask every artist.

Name, Hometown

Jade Doskow
-Hometown: Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
-Have lived in NYC since 1996
-currently reside in Brooklyn

Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?

I have just moved back to my beloved neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, a very odd and unique community of artists and gardeners. It is here that I am greatly influenced by the nuances of brightness and shadow; the strange, somewhat decrepit townhouses in contrast with the newly renovated, charming buildings; and the incredible light across the New York harbor. As Robert Rauschenberg said, it is best to work in the gap between art and life, and the photographs I make are based wholly on the way I live and experience the world around me on a daily basis.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?

Openings are so exhilarating; it's such a high to have my work on display and have people respond to it in unexpected and enlightening ways. I usually feel a bit of sadness at the closing of an opening because I don't want it to be over! And also---an intense desire to make new work.

Why did you choose this medium?

Photography kind of found me. I won an award for an early series of self-portraits when I was at NYU, and that caused me to realize that the pictures I was making were having an effect, both for the viewers and for myself. Over the years I have come to love the mechanical and intuitive characteristics of the medium; currently I shoot with a large format camera. Shooting with the big camera is a tricky and wonderful challenge; on one hand, there are many extremely precise steps involved in making a picture. Paradoxically, despite setting up a strict framework in which the picture will be made, there is an equal amount of room for inexplicable error and strange light effects. I would say my process as an artist thrives on this battle between control and chaos while making a picture, setting up a formalist, strict framework and then seeing what happens past that.

What is one of your favorite past exhibitions?

Over the last couple of years several exhibitions have stuck with me: Cai Quo-Qiang 'I Want to Believe' at the Guggenheim was just incredible; he is so very prolific and the work was remarkably beautiful, exciting, dynamic, and smart, touching upon a wide gamut of issues in a completely original way. I especially loved his installation room full of broken plates made in one of the last porcelain factories in China, in the middle of which seemed to sail a very old fishing boat from Japan, also with specific cultural and political connotations. 'You are the Measure,' the retrospective of Gordon Matta-Clarke's at the Whitney was inspiring as well. Matta-Clarke has and always will be a huge influence on the way I understand space and how to look at it in new and challenging ways. Especially of interest were the video pieces of Matta-Clarke and his team actually breaking the house in his piece 'Splitting,' and the care with which they performed this radical surgery.

Do you collect anything?

I actually don't collect much, although I do love photography books and have a nice assortment of them. My favorite recent addition is Joel Sternfeld's Oxbow Archive.' I also collect world's fair trinkets---in the sense that people often give them to me as gifts when they find out about my current work, which examines the remains of world's fair sites.

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