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 at the National Gallery of Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, University of Texas- San Antonio, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Zayed University, National School of Art, Bucharest, Julio Valdez Project Space, Northwestern University and many other national and international venues including over 100 group exhibitions. From 2010-11 Jonathan was a Jerome Fellow at Highpoint Center For Printmaking in Minneapolis. He has also undertaken residencies at the Prairie Center for the Arts, Cove Park, 55 LTD, Anchor Graphics, Endless Editions, and Atelier Presse Papier. Currently, Jonathan is an Assistant Professor of Print Media at the University of Kentucky.
My Print and Installation work interacts with, interprets, and processes fragments of personal narratives of the people we have loose associations with while finding ourselves as voyeurs in these personal moments. While these digital images appear in our social feeds temporarily, they have a permanence and history that exists beyond the brief moment we view them on our devices. By utilizing this information for object creation, the ephemeral take on a static permanence alters how the information is consumed and allows the viewer to engage in new dialogues with the work. This ephemeral form of narrative gets woven and intertwined in the imagery, text, and objects used in my work. I seek connections between the objects and information that allow for the print and object based work to become linked in site-specific installations that balance the ephemeral with the presence of an ongoing history.
Additionally, my work is inspired by post-capitalist and hyper-capitalist economic structures. I find inspiration for my print and installation work in the writings of Jonathan Crary. In his books Crary discusses the impact of globalized capitalist systems and their impact on our interaction with the culture and aesthetic world that 24/7 access to material goods and the system of marketed surveillance of manufactured goods.