Since the mid-90s, artist Jeff Carter has traveled extensively throughout India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and China. These travels have caused the artist to focus much of his attention on the idea of contemporary tourism and the implications of meaning that time and distance have on objects of travel, such as souvenirs and snapshots. Often, the artist will work directly from memory, recreating objects to investigate how experience is determined by the memory of the act. Carter’s work negotiates space as a first-time viewer and as an intimately connected local. A sense of nostalgia and longing from the absence of a particular place is found in the artist’s work, underscoring the physical and emotional effects of traveling. For his previous series of work, the artist has used Modified IKEA objects to create sculptures and small installations.
Carter received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and his BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The artist has received many awards, including a fellowship award for visual arts from the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago and an ArtCouncil Grant in San Francisco. Previous exhibitions include System at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Leipzig, Germany and a self-titled exhibition at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York.