Throughout Jeremy Jams’ practice, there is a consistent focus on the physical space of connection. In drawings, flat sculpture, mail art projects and co-publish artists books as Soft City Printing, Jams makes room for viewers to collaborate and project their own ideas.
Jeremy Jams makes large-scale pen and ink drawings that represent spaces as evidence of the activities that have taken place within them, using a language of objects to spell out a narrative. In addition to this practice he cuts out enlarged plywood versions of the objects in the drawings, and uses them to create flat sculptures – or drawings at a human scale, so that viewers can interact with them in a way that blurs the lines of which space they are actually in.
An essential component of Jeremy Jams practice is a mail art project called 'Wallpaper Postcards'. For the last 5 years, he has mailed screen-printed postcards to people, and instructed them to digitally send a photograph they have taken featuring the postcard. Addresses are collected directly from people in person, by referral from participants, and through mailboxes set up in public for people to insert an address into. The responses are posted on his website, and have also made into room size installations and publications with this material. The pattern on the postcard is a net, and it expands exponentially as more people participate in the project.
Another facet of Jeremy Jams practice is publishing with a risograph. Soft City is an artist-run publishing platform collaborating with artist to make artist books and editions Jams co-founded in 2015. Soft City creates context for an artists ideas and disseminate them to a larger audiences.
Tyler School of Art of Temple University Philadelphia PA 2001-2005
Network Exploder, Perfomative Publication, Printed Matter NYC
The Head Persists, Solo Show, Hightide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Addition before Subtraction, A Performative Publication, Practice Gallery, NY NY
The Library of Babel, Group Show, Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex St. NY NY
At A Distance, Group show, Shift Space Galley at Wichita State Univ
Endless Biennale, Group show, EFA Gallery NYC
One Big Room, Installation at The Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY
Group Show, Darby’s Bar, Brooklyn, NY
Story of a Story, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
December’s Letters, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY 2014
Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter, NYU’s 80WSE Gallery Risograph Printed, Printed Matter, New York, NY
Print-A-Delphia, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn NY
Almost Three Years of Printmaking, Second State Press Member Exchanges from 2011 and 2012
Recitation Gallery, University of Delaware
InLiquid Member Show, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia PA Grassroots, Apt 16. Gallery, Newark, NJ
Visual AIDS 2013: Postcards from the Edge,
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. NYC 2012
Don’t Be a Ham, Family Business Gallery, NYC 2011
Flash Flood, Little Berlin, Philadelphia PA 2010
Project Portal Residency Exhibition, Yellow Springs, PA
Art Book Fairs
New York Art Book Fair, MOMA PS1. Odds and Ends, Yale Art Gallery. Independent Art Book Fair, Brooklyn, NY. BABZ Book Fair, NY.
San Francisco Art Book Fair. Press Play at Pioneer Works, Red Hook NY. Prints and Multiples Fair, Baltimore. Toronto Art Book Fair.
A Catalogue of Blue Chairs, 2014
Reproduced Dreams of Far Away Places, 2014
Sketches of Universally Personal Stories, 2015.
Facing Fictitious Friction, 2016.
Wallpaper Postcard Responder #1,#2, 2016
Featured in Winter Issue of Smoke Signal 2016
Object Modifier, 2017
Featured in MAAKE Magazine, 2017
Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY. 2016
Project Portal, Yellow Springs PA. 2010