By Jason Hedges, curated by Eric Charest-Weinberg

Maor Gallery is pleased to present Gifts, an exhibition of work by Miami-based artist Jason Hedges, curated by Eric Charest-Weinberg. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, February 11th and will be on view through March 23rd, 2012.

Jason Hedges, Florida Cobia 2011, Ink on paper, 45 x 18 inches

A longtime foodie, Jason Hedges creates visual representations founded on conceptual gastronomic concepts.  From the performative, we find ourselves in a world of ideas founded on organic growth.  Jason Hedges, with his distinct, clean and minimal aesthetic, embodies the often overlooked principals to which all life is created.

Specified simplistic ideas are often seldom uniquely created.  The inspiration and lineage to those ideas are often taken for granted.  The overwhelming respect for thousands of years, the sacrament of G-d’s creation, the idea of preservation and a naturalistic compound in humanity, as seen from the perspective of a singular temporary inhabitant, to which we all are, yields an identity, solely based on organic sustainability.  It is what it is.  A peppercorn is a peppercorn.  A snapper is a snapper.  A grape is a grape. Smoke created from burning wood is Smoke created from burning wood.

When viewing contemporary art, the participant is often forced to recontextualize concepts in a way that unilaterally relates to them personally, and further applying that concept to an abstract visual representation of that singular idea.  This concept is subjective, created by the artist and for the most part, never up for discussion.  In this engineered action, the participant is presented with the illusion of self discovery. In reality, the emotions created in the participant had been meticulously executed by the artist.

The documentation and preservation of living organisms, frozen in time, articulated on a medium, representing prosperity, equality, history and the idea of a sustainable future are the embodiment of Hedges’s visual vocabulary.

Purim, (4th century BCE ) the historical Jewish holiday celebrated yearly on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (March 7th -8th, 2012); commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”  The miraculous events of Purim are completely enclothed in the ebb and flow of nature and society. But when delving deeper the hand of G-d orchestrating the events as part of an interactive master plan can be seen.   The Purim story challenges us to find the essence of G-d in the material world and in seemingly meaningless events.

For Gifts, Hedges created a body of work founded on the ideas of gifting.  Purim is celebrated by commemorating ideals and rituals that include, Reading the Scroll of Esther, gifting of foods, giving charity, feasting and costuming.

About Jason: Jason Hedges is a Miami based artist whose practice is confined to exploring food & drink and humanities relationships with them throughout history. The work draws from the inherent beauty as well as the cultural significances that we have developed. The work is often interactive or a by-product of an action. His work has been exhibited locally and international and featured in numerous periodicals and art journals. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections and exhibits regularly in museums, galleries, art fairs and other institutions. Full CV and samples of works can be found atwww.jasonhedges.org

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