Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface -the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date, composed of approximately 70 photographs that exemplify Spencer’s interest in myth, mystery, and the ephemeral nature of time and existence, will be on view 12 July -13 October, 2013 at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee.
Jack Spencer, Light Vessel, 2012, Archival Pigment Print, Courtesy of the artist © Jack Spencer.
A Nashville resident whose photography has been exhibited and collected internationally, Jack Spencer shoots in medium format creating powerful work that is both geographical and metaphysical. His selenium washed prints are extensively altered in the darkroom through the elaborate use of masks, soft focus and meticulous dodging and burning in specific areas, resulting in exquisitely crafted prints -that have the appearance almost of paintings, which convey poetic memories of a sepia tinted time lost to our memory, but perhaps present in our dreams.
Jack Spencer, Iris In The Forest, 2006, Archival Pigment Print, Courtesy of the artist © Jack Spencer.
Earth tones, mood, texture and contrast combine artfully to compose elegant illuminations of a deep singular presence. An almost mythical landscape, person or place, exposes us to the raw beauty and serendipitous magic etched within his vision. We are drawn in, in search of story and inner meaning through silhouettes, faces and places. Time, being the elusive elemental motif that Spencer returns to most often, resonates throughout his soulful body of work. A remarkable storyteller with an unquestionable gift of vision and voice. A true Southern Romantic.
Jack Spencer, World Watcher, Tennessee, 2006, Archival Pigment Print, Courtesy of the artist © Jack Spencer.
Jack Spencer, Buffalo/Tetons, Wyoming, 2007, Archival Pigment Print, Courtesy of the artist © Jack Spencer.