For photographer Joshua Jalbert, the camera offers exciting new ways to perceive the world. “Photography, for me, is a question of perception and experience, not of representation,” he explains. “Photography presses at the borders of the visual. It makes the visual explode and unfolds access to perception and feeling.” In an ambitious series of photo-based light and color abstractions on display at Galerie 124, Jalbert explores the magic of the medium, using traditional photographic chemicals in non-traditional ways. He exhibits an elegant series of prints depicting rain, light and wind, probing the natural world for patterns. Cursive squiggles, black lines and white orbs recur in tight, grid-like geometric formations.

“My work starts from the photographic and pushes towards the non-photographic,” he explains, “always wanting to look over the horizon of what is already possible but nonetheless wanting to maintain a connection to photography’s traditions.” Influenced by the music of John Cage, the art of Paul Klee and the philosophy of Theodor Adorno, Jalbert became increasingly interested in photography’s potential to depict deeper truths about nature, time and space. He uses chemicals and photo paper — rather than film or pixels — to capture sunlight in dappled, striated black and white forms and to study silver raindrops clinging and dripping in animated harmony.

“I became gradually more interested in photography over time through classes and my own practice,” he says, “but have only come to genuinely appreciate the complexity of photography through many years of involvement with it.” When experimenting with photo chemicals, Jalbert invites accidents and surprises, which add another dimension to his work. “The most important lesson that I’ve learned from photography is that what comes unwilled or self-imposed is so often much more interesting and valuable than any idea that I may have started with,” he says. “Photography transforms the non-visual into the visual and demonstrates that what was previously invisible and unimagined can be portrayed.”

- Allison Hersh, Ph.D.


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Email: joshua
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EDUCATION
2012 -

Postgraduate study (ABD), Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland
2007            
MFA, Photography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2003            

BFA, Photography, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
2000           

AA, Photography, Maine Media College, Rockport, ME


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2010 - present            
Professor of Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2012/16/17                      
Professor of Photography, Lacoste School of the Arts (SCAD), Lacoste, FR
2009                           
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
2007-08                      
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
2006                           
Instructor of Record, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


EXHIBITIONS
2017
Hybrids, Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah, GA (curated by Ben Tollefson and Amanda York, SCAD Assistant Curators)
2016                      
REAL-PHOTO, international juried exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
SECAC Exhibition, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA (Juror: Jenine Culligan, Director of the Wilson Museum, Roanoke, VA)
2015
Solo Exhibition, Eco-Ambient, Galerie 124 , Savannah, GA (curated by Jeanne Svendson Campbell, Galerie 124, Savannah, GA)
Solo Exhibition, Signature, Andrews Gallery, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (curated by Eliot Dudik, Coordinator of the Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, VA)
Gesture, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (curated by Alexandra Sachs, Executive Director and Curator of SCAD Atlanta galleries)
2012                           
Maurice Blanchot’s Madness of the Day, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Modern Masters: Works on Paper (from the Permanent Collection of The Schneider Museum of Art), Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR
2011                           
Solo Exhibition, Notations from Nature, Stevenson Union Gallery, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
2010                           
b.a.l.m. White, Hausmann Millworks, San Antonio, TX (curated by Darin M. White)
2009                           
New Visions, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (curated by Michael Itkoff, Associate Professor, School ofVisual Arts, NY)
White, Signs of Life Gallery, Lawrence, KS (curated by Darin M. White)
Geometric Sequence: Random or Otherwise, Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Art in Nature, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Juror: Kathy Moran National Geographic Senior Editor)
Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Recent Acquisitions, Heiter Gallery, Ashland, OR
Faculty Exhibition, Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
2008                           

Solo Exhibition, Notations from Nature, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA
A Thousand Words, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA (curated by Heather Horn Johnson, Gallery Director, CWU)
Bounty!, Liberty Arts, Yreka, CA (Juror: James Gilmore, Professor of Art, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA)
Open/End, Master of Fine Arts, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
2007                           
Photography: What Now?, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (Juror: Anita Douthat, Associate Director, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH)
Two-Person Exhibition, Notations from Nature, Laverne Kraus Gallery, Eugene, OR
8.5x11 Project, Arts and Literature Lab, New Haven, CT
Masterpieces, international juried exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Millions Taken Daily, Museum of Art, University of Maine, Bangor, ME
Recent Graduates, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR


INVITED TALKS
2017
Artist Talk, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, March 23                         
Artist Talk, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, March 1
Artist Talk, St. Petersburg College, FL, February 15
Artist Talk, Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne, FL, February 14
2015                           
Artist Talk, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, March 2
2010
Artist Talk, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, March 18
Artist Talk, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA, May 12
2009                          
Artist Talk, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, April 9
Artist Talk, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
2008                           
Artist Talk, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA
Artist Talk, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, January 10


CONFERENCES
2016
“Analogue After Digital,” A Return to the Studio Through the Analogue, panelist, Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH, October 27
Expanding the Frame: New Visions of Photography in the Past Century, session chair, Southeastern College Art Association Conference, Roanoke, VA, October 22
“The Limits of Art,” Limitations and Artistic Practice: Toward a Philosophical Reexamination, panelist, Southeastern College Art Association Conference, Roanoke, VA, October 22
2014                           
“UnDisciplining the Doctorate,” The Studio-Art Doctorate, panelist, Southeastern College Art Association Conference, Sarasota, FL, October 10
2012                           
The Madness of Photography, session chair, Fourth Biennial Art History Symposium, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, February 11
2011                           
“Notations from Nature,” Pecha Kucha, panelist, Southeastern College Art Association Conference, Savannah, GA, November 10
2008                           
“Notations from Nature,” Art Ecologies, panelist, Thinking Through Nature: Philosophy for an Endangered Nature Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, June 21