Jeremy Jams

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. 

 

Education

Tyler School of Art of Temple University Philadelphia PA 2001-2005

Selected Exhibitions

2017
The Head Persists, Solo Show, Hightide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

2015
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

2013

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 Prints and Multiples, Baltimore Toronto Art Book Fair

Published Books

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

Residencies

Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY. 2016

Project Portal, Yellow Springs PA. 2010