September 8 - October 31
Homestead Gallery


Friday, September 8
5 pm - 7 pm

Of Course you did
works by Jonathan McFadden

Jonathan McFadden Now He Has Taken Full
Responsibility For This II
photogravure 24" x 18"


Artist Statement

My work is centered on connections, be it between imagery, text, found and mass- produced objects I seek to create narrative contingencies by linking information. This information is largely taken from and influenced by social media posts, cell phone photography, online advertising, to name a few. From the sourced information look for connections between the objects and information seeking out what is real and a facsimile. This may include a cctv camera streaming an image of a fake houseplant on a mass-produced shelf that hold both an original print and an object that utilized the documentation of that print. I seek then to create a dialogue with the viewer about the value of objects and their hierarchy when placed together and in conjunction with the seemingly ephemeral nature of social media linguistics.

I am interested how we interact with, interpret and process fragments of personal narratives of people we have loose associations with yet have found ourselves a voyeur in the personal moments of their life. While this could be considered ephemeral imagery because it only is in our feeds temporarily these digital images have a permanence and history that exists beyond the few seconds we view them on our computers or phones. By utilizing this information for object creation, the ephemeral take on a static permanence altering how the information is consumed and allows the viewer to engage in new dialogues with the work.

Selected Artwork


Jonathan McFadden Ahh - Perhaps That Explains
The Man In The 3-Piece Suit

Jonathan McFadden Ewww So Glad I have a Quaker
Potluck to go to Instead


Jonathan McFadden Hey, That's Not True
2014 photogravure 25" x 20"

Jonathan McFadden Now He Has Taken Full Responsibility For This
2014 photogravure 24" x 18"

Jonathan McFadden But I'm Going to Tweet at Your Funeral 2014 photogravure 25" x 20"

biographic information

Jonathan McFadden holds a MFA in printmaking from Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom (2009), BFA in Printmaking (2006), and BA in French (2006)
from Texas State University and has studied at the L’Université de Picardie in Amiens, France.

His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Scotland (Edinburgh), Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh), University of Texas- San Antonio, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Zayed University (Dubai, UAE), National School of Art (Bucharest, Romania), Julio Valdez Project Space (New York, New York), 20/ 20 Gallery (New York, New York), the University of Minnesota, 621 Gallery(Tallahassee Florida), Highpoint Center For Printmaking (Minneapolis Minnesota), Wichita State University (Kansas), Millsaps College (Mississippi), Berea College (Kentucky), Eastern Kentucky University (Kentucky), Georgetown College (Kentucky), Salisbury University (Maryland), 55 Limited (Berlin, Germany) and many other national and international venues including over 100 group exhibitions. In 2010 and 2011 Jonathan was a Jerome Fellow at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis.

He has also undertaken residencies that the Prairie Center for the Arts (Peoria), Cove Park (Scotland), 55 LTD (Germany), and Anchor Graphics (Chicago), Endless Editions (New York). Jonathan has previously taught at Minnesota State University, Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland), Houston Community College. He is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Print Media at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and his work is represented by 55LTD (Berlin, Germany) and Endless Editions (New York).

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