Jered Sprecher’s studio practice is based in the diversity of visual culture. He is a hunter and a gatherer, constantly accumulating images produced by the people and cultures around him. From this collection of visual information Sprecher teases out fragments of these images to form his paintings. The sources they are drawn from are evolving and changing and the paintings are caught in that “still” moment of change. They are emptied out, but still hold onto elemental details of where they came from and perhaps where they are going. It is out of the fast pace and vast turnover of modern imagery and information that Sprecher takes on the challenge to trace the heredity of these images. He extracts elements that resonate with a sense of vital meaning and seeks to use this wide language of visual marks and notations to describe that which humanity has in common, be it humor, mortality or a yearning to understand what is beyond. Works by Jered Sprecher can be seen at www.baileygallery.com/artists.
Jered Sprecher living and working in Knoxville, Tennessee received his MFA from the University of Iowa. Sprecher has had recent exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago; OSP Gallery, Boston; ADA Gallery, Richmond; the Art Gallery of Knoxville, Knoxville; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids. His work will be featured in Non-Declarative, the fall 2007 group exhibition, at the Drawing Center in New York. In 2003-2004 Sprecher participated in the Space Program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in New York. Exhibition reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe and The Chicago Reader. The Art Gallery of Knoxville published a catalogue of his recent work entitled Truth in Tension. Currently, Sprecher serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee.