This Friday, June 13th, Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C. will host a gallery talk and closing reception for Jason Zimmerman‘s solo exhibition Feel Better, Longer. Zimmerman graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2003 and is moving to Oregon later this year to pursue his M.F.A. in Contemporary Arts with Harrell Fletcher in his new Social Practice program at Portland State University. This exhibition at Civilian includes several independent projects that explore the themes of containment, growth, and creation through a variety of media, including video, photography, drawing, and site-specific installation.
This exhibition is based on the belief that there is no distinction between what is considered to be natural and unnatural and that any activity of the human animal is indeed a part of nature. The artist includes both living things and inanimate objects in his projects, always emphasizing the importance of process, such as in the choreographed, collaborative video in which Zimmerman surrounds a young man with artificial flowers. In this same video there is a table supporting several terrariums, small self-contained ecosystems created in commonly discarded plastic items that the artist has found and cleaned. In a separate project, the artist displays several specimens, objects he has collected over time from places of meaning, and shares them with the viewers. Zimmerman’s environments explore the boundaries between the artificial, the real, and the remembered.
Miami-based artist Jen Stark‘s exhibition “Much-Much” will be on view as well in the Project Space of Civilian Art Projects until this Saturday.