“New Work is an exploration of visual language and process. In a sense it is an examination of how we see, what we see, what merits being seen, and how images function in contemporary visual culture.” —Jordan Tate
Aperture is excited to offer to our collecting audience the limited-edition print New Work #42 by Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist Jordan Tate. This photograph is included in Tate’s thought-provoking series New Work, which investigates the process of image-making and the role new technology plays in contemporary photography.
Tate belongs to a growing group of photographers indebted to predecessors like Christopher Williams and James Welling. Tate pushes the conversation beyond nostalgia and squarely into the present, however, by indulging in screen-based images and nontraditional output methods like lenticular screens, animated GIFs, and 3-D anaglyphs. His images frequently focus on indicators of an image in the making, such as this photograph of a Polaroid that could easily be an exposure/lighting test for a studio shoot. New Work offers a compelling and quirky exploration of the work involved in new photography.
Jordan Tate is an assistant professor of art at the University of Cincinnati. Tate, a Fulbright Fellow (2008–9), has a bachelor of philosophy in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University, and a MFA in photography from Indiana University. Tate‘s work is held in collections nationwide, including Rhizome at the New Museum, New York, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Tate is the founding editor of the contemporary art blog http://ilikethisart.net.