Jesse Carmichael (°1992) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Carmichael tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
His artworks never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, he makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of American superabundance and marketing.
His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, his works references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.
His works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, he often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
His works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in art. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, he makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.
His works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts.
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The Misadventures of Austin Yates: Descent into Darkness
by Jesse Carmichael
Hot off the heels of a murder that he didn't intend to commit, Austin Yates finds himself tossed into life unprotected and alone. Various life changing situations slowly mold him into a calculative sadistic being who seeks to extract revenge on anyone who threatens his fragile character.
The Last Elemental
by Jesse Carmichael
Unaware of the tension growing between the four clans: Hexenmeisters, Forecians, Mareeans and Noirceurians. Caitlyn Winchester's life changes unexpectedly when she discovers that she can be the key to peace across the lands or the destruction of everything that she has come to love. Time is of the essence and she finds herself unable to do anything to stop the unexpected threat that strikes.
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