Christopher Jagers

Nationality: American
Dates: Born 1978
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2000 - B.F.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2001 - currently enrolled in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2001 Valley House Gallery, Dallas Texas - One Person Show
2000 “New Texas Talent”, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2000 BFA Qualifying Exhibition, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1999 Bob Hope Theatre, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1998 Doolin Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, Texas
1997 Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
1996 “Taos Summer Exhibition”, Doolin Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Christine Biederman, “No Fashion Victem He: It isn’t all puffery and self-indulgence outthere, as Christopher Jagers’ work attests” Dallas Observer, August 30 - September 5, 2001, vol. 965, p. 65
Mike Daniel, “New Texas Talent”, The Dallas Morning News, Guide, August 4, 2000, illustration, p. 53
Janet Kutner, “12 young artists win DMA grants”, The Dallas Morning News, May 26, 2001, p. 5C.

Recipient of the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund grant given through the
Dallas Museum of Art

Public Collections:
The Christopher Parr Library, Plano, Texas


Artist Statement

To grow up during a time when the production of art is seemingly standardless has left artists of my generation to cope with unparalleled freedom and the interesting problem of having to choose an illusion in the face of nothing. Despite this freedom, I have refused to be cavalier about committing myself to some sleek slogan. However, I am finally realizing that the concept of “illusion” itself is a good starting point. I enjoy engineering photo-realistic effects that simulate reality because it is a nonverbal way of thinking about my surroundings. This allows for horizontal shifts in thinking, that are not bound by logic, which serve to better apprehend the mysterious valences of phenomenal reality and the metaphor it elicits.
How to choose the matter of this subject is a constant dilemma for me. While I continue to walk around with my digital camera, arresting anything that might have poetic resonance, the narratives that I produce are still disparate and incongruent. While this fragmentation might be interesting to some, my goal is to eventually discover some hidden webs of connection between my images that will conflate into a more singular insight about the world and how I relate to it.

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