Bio

Jason Varone combines video and painting with appropriated news footage and electronic data, removing any distinctions or boundaries between them. His “videopaintings” underline the impermanence and constant bombardment of transmitted information to a society that is fixated on alternately obsessing over or ignoring electronic messages.

A graduate of New York University, Varone lives and works in both San Francisco, California and Brooklyn, New York. His artwork has been exhibited in many venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, The Boston Center for the Arts, The British Film Institute, The International Center of Photography and Art in General in New York City.


Contact: varone [at] gmail

Born 1976, Brooklyn, NY.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions 2013. “It Isn’t Always Going To Be This Great,” Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA.
2013. Another Landscape Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2010. A.I.R. Studio at the Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California.
2009. Project Room at Hendershot Gallery, 547 West 27th, New York, NY.
2007. “Dromospheric Pollution,” Visual Arts Gallery, UAB, Birmingham, AL.
Selected Group Exhibitions 2016. Creative Code Showcase. Gray Area Foundation. San Francisco, CA [forthcoming]
2016. R.E.M.X., National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania
2015. R.E.M.X., Arad, Romania.
2015. Lee Mingwei and His Relations, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
2015. Lee Mingwei and His Relations, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2014. Tibi Collaboration, Tibi Flagship Store, New York, NY.
2014. Brooklyn Utopias, The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY.
2012. Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM.
2012. Momenta Art Spring benefit, Brooklyn, NY.
2012. Make it Break it Rebuild it, Philly Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA.
2011. Portal: The Process of PerformanceICAN, Sydney, Australia.
2011. Smoke Signals, Kianga Ellis Projects, Santa Fe, NM.
2011. By Chance, A Video Show80WSE Galleries, New York, NY.
2011. AlterationsLocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2011. 12th Annual Art Papers Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2010. MetaDataPhile, California State University at Fullerton.
2010. Architecturally../, Hendershot Gallery, 547 West 27th, New York, NY.
2010. Opticks, Curated by Peter Campus at the British Film Institute, London, UK.
2009. New York Vision, curated by Maurizio Pellegrin, Columbia University.
2009. 10th Annual Art Papers Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2009. You are Here, Hewitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, NY.
2008. A Wrinkle in TimeBRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2008. ArteAmerica Festival, Fundacion Cisneros, Miami, FL.
2006. 20 Years InInternational Center of Photography, New York, NY
2006. RadiantBRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2006. Film and Videothe Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA.
2005. Random Occurrences: Deconstructing Images, Icons, and Identity, Red Clay Arts, Brooklyn, NY.
2005. Video SeriesGoliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, NY.
2005. Stealth Arts, Birmingham, AL.
2004. Selected Work: The Windows at the Kimmel Center, New York, NY.
2004. Drawing LinesIslip Art Museum, Islip, NY.
2004. Through Master’s EyesLos Angeles Museum of Art, CA.
2003. MEDIA (LESS) MEDIUMThe Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.
2002. 25th Small Works Exhibition, Juror: Barbara Millstein of Brooklyn Museum80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY.
2001. Art in General – Video MarathonArt in General, New York, NY.
2001. International Works on Paper, Juried by Krishna Reddy. Soho20 Gallery, 545 Broadway, New York, NY.
2001. The College Art Association: Screening of Recipes for Desire – for the lectures on Slavoj Zizek & Obscene Enjoyment. Chicago, Illinois.
2001. Jack Goodman Award for Art and Technology, Rosenberg Gallery, New York.
1997. Alem del Agua CopiacabanaMuseo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain. (catalogue)
Projects &
Awards
2015. Digital Public Library of America award for animated GIF created from files within the library’s collection.
2010. Artist in Residence, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California.
2007-08. Director – The Geometry of Hope, a documentary on geometric art in the Coleccion Cinseros, 2008.
2006-2009. Producer – Untitled TV, monthly program on BCAT, Brooklyn, NY.
2006. Residency and Fellowship, the Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA.
2006. Rotunda Gallery/BCAT Artist in Residence, Brooklyn, NY.
2005. Fellowship, the Experimental Television Center, NY.
2001-02. Two time recipient of the Jack Goodman Award for Art and Technology, NY.
Public Lectures 2014. Visiting artist lecture in a course on new media art, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
2013. “Zooming In, Digital Humanities for the Fine Arts,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC.
2010. Artist in Residence lecture. Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California.
2007. Artist talk, “Dromospheric Pollution,” Visual Arts Gallery, UAB, Birmingham, AL.
Bibliography Jason Varone, “Five Old School Video Artists You Should Know (and Follow).” Hyperallergic [2014] http://hyperallergic.com/121286/5-old-school-nyc-video-artists-you-should-know-and-follow/
Hrag Vartanian, Jillian Steinhauer, et al., “10 Artists to Watch from the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios.” Hyperallergic [2013] http://hyperallergic.com/72604/10-artists-to-watch-from-the-2013-bushwick-open-studios/
Edward Esptein, “Not So Friendly Skies – Jason Varone at Grizzly Grizzly.” The Art Blog [2013] http://www.theartblog.org/2013/05/not-so-friendly-skies-jason-varone-at-grizzly-grizzly/
Andrew Zawacki, “Videotape.” cover [2013]
An Xiao, “Santa Fe Grows its New Media Festival.” Hyperallergic [2012] http://hyperallergic.com/53868/santa-fe-grows-its-new-media-festival/
Jillian Steinhauer, “A Forgotten Piece of the Santa Fe Sky.” Hyperallergic [2012] http://hyperallergic.com/53809/a-forgotten-piece-of-santa-fe-sky/
Roberta Fallon, “Lotsa Video at Locks.” The Art Blog [2011] http://www.theartblog.org/2011/01/weekly-update-lotsa-video-at-locks/
Kate Britton, “Social Media and Contemporary Art.” Das Super Paper, [2011]
Kyle Chayka, “Video Art as a Multivalent Medium.” Hyperallergic [2011] http://hyperallergic.com/20637/video-multivalent-medium/
Kathleen MacQueen, “Subtle Intensities of the Unexpected.”  [2011] http://www.avideoshow.org/
Hrag Vartanian, “Living in a State of Permanent Recession?” NYFA Current, [2010]
Brett Levine, “The Power of the Impossible.” ART PAPERS [2009]
Jason Varone, “The Decline of the West.” NYArts Magazine [2009]
Brett Levine, “The Electronic Morgue.” Pocket Art Editions, UAB, [2007]
Thomas B. Harrison, “High Concept: Space 301 Opens High-Tech Multimedia Show Friday.” Birmingham News, [2006]
Jane Hudson, “Nature at the Contemporary Artists Center, Updating the Beautiful, Sublime and Picturesque.” Maverick Arts [2006]
Caroline Shepard, “video:series,” NY Press [2005]
Jason Varone, “Tactical Information Bomb.” Pinque Magazine [2005]
Danielle McClure, “At the Galleries.” Black and White City Paper [2005]
Hellen A. Harrison, “ART: REVIEWS; The Big Brushes From the East End.” New York Times [2004]
Scarlet Cheng, “A Master Revisited.” L.A. Times [2004]
Kirby Gookin, “Morality of Materials.” New York University [1998]
“Copia Cabana.” Alem del Agua, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain [1998]
“Puente…de pasaje: Isla del Copyright.” Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain [1998]
 Education  B.A., 1998; M.A., 2002. New York University.