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Jess Levey
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work questions the pervasiveness of corporate culture on our daily existence while exploring the impending loss of self-reliance that results from this dominance. I work in a variety of media including photography, video installation, and sound.

For my After the Crash project from 2008-2010, I explored the daily layoffs in the US and around the Globe as a reminder of how stability and structure are constantly in question and thus contradict their very own meaning. For one of the series in this project, I invited fellow laid off New Yorkers into my studio to perform a pure gesture, as they “blacked out” a projected video of the building in which they used to work. The final painting was then photographed, creating a still and monumental image.

For my most recent installation works, titled the Vacancy Project, I investigate the over- development of New York City. The most recent works involves a video/photography collage process in which aspects of a photograph are deleted and then re-projected into the image, either as still imagery or subtle animation.

Projection is used within all of my current work as a medium in and of itself. The use of projection creates an atmosphere of impermanence and transformation as well as a collapsing of mediums. This transient form mirrors the self-slippage subtext, reinforcing my investigation on the fragility of our daily lives

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  • Installation View: Untitled #2, from the Vacancy Project
    2010
    video loop and digital chromogenic prints
    This video installation work encompasses the same hybrid process as Untitled #1; however, with this work, most of the imagery is comprised of video projection (both still and animated), with the photo

  • Installation detail: Untitled #2, from the Vacancy Project
    2010
    video loop and digital chromogenic prints

  • Video Still. Untitled #2, from the Vacancy Project
    2010
    Digital Chromogenic Print

  • Meier's On Prospect Park with Bird Migration
    2009
    Digital chromogenic print
    For this work, which is part of an ongoing photography series, I projected an image of birds onto the very controversial Richard Meier condominium in Park Slope (where I was born and raised) and then

  • Installation View: Untitled #1, from the Vacancy Project
    2010
    vinyl photograph with 2 min video loop

  • Detail: Installation View: Untitled #1, from the Vacancy Project
    2010
    vinyl photograph with 2 min video loop

  • Installation View: Untitled #2 from After The Crash
    2010
    MDF, Carpet, Office Supplies and debris, Ipod with mp3, Headphones, Dead plant
    Untitled # 2 presents a 4 minute sound piece inspired by and created from 600 minutes of interviews with many whom were laid off in 2008. In the piece, there is a slight disorientation as we listen to

  • Installation view: Untitled #4, from the After the Crash
    2010
    HD video, Projector, and cubicle
    This definitive, spare video installation expresses the inevitable and pervasive angst that is felt by many, including myself, while working in the monotonous, vapid, and stifling corporate system for

  • Installation View : Beth, Ryan, Baly, Anonymous, from After the Crash
    2009-2010
    HD Video Loop

  • L’Oreal, from After the Crash
    2009
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    This is one of many photographs in a series which were created after a subject had completed her blacking out performance for the After the Crash Project.

  • Baly. The Onion. From After The Crash
    2010
    Digital Chromogenic Print

  • Anonymous 1. Lifetimetv.com, from After The Crash
    2010
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    This is one of many photographs in a series which were created after a subject had completed her blacking out performance for the After the Crash Project.

  • Gabi. Cherry Lane Music Co., from After The Crash
    2009
    Digital chromogenic print
    This is one of many photographs in a series which were created after a subject had completed her blacking out performance for the After the Crash Project.

  • Trisha. HSBC, from After The Crash
    2010
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    This is one of many photographs in a series which were created after a subject had completed her blacking out performance for the After the Crash Project.

  • Marie. Gale Group Advertising. from After The Crash
    2009
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    This is one of many photographs in a series which were created after a subject had completed her blacking out performance for the After the Crash Project.

  • Keith. Getty Images. From After The Crash
    2009
    Digital Chromogenic Print

  • Christina. WaterWorks. From After the Crash
    2009
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    This is one of many photographs in a series which were created after a subject had completed her blacking out performance for the After the Crash Project.

  • Untitled #1, From After The Fold
    2008
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    After the Fold is a series of 6 photographs which reflect upon a poignant moment that is repeating itself across the globe—the closing of businesses and a shift in the way in which people both l

  • Untitled #2, From After The Fold
    2008
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    After the Fold is a series of 6 photographs which reflect upon a poignant moment that is repeating itself across the globe—the closing of businesses and a shift in the way in which people both l

  • Untitled #5, From After The Fold
    2008
    Digital Chromogenic Print
    After the Fold is a series of 6 photographs which reflect upon a poignant moment that is repeating itself across the globe—the closing of businesses and a shift in the way in which people both l
 








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