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Jameson Magrogan

Jameson Magrogan (b.1992, Baltimore, MD) is an artist whose work contains a suspended sense of braided temporality and ungroundedness, as it relates to the continuing deterioration of universal narratives. Ideas of authenticity and newness are challenged by considering how the personal expression is found, not counter to but, among the social. At times verging on the anachronistic, Magrogan’s work transmits echoes of disparate recurring modernist conventions through a unifying treatment, as if pushed through the same sieve. A series of physical interruptions produce marks, which instead of feeling stacked – appear to be inside of, and flickering in between one another, all at once.

Untitled

2020
Acrylic on canvas
147 cm x 178 cm / 58 x 70 in

One’s initial perception of the image is often undermined by the ambiguous tension that the object divulges over time. Moments which seem thick and textured prove to be flat illusions, the fast reveals its slowness, the digital divulges its physicality, the gestural discloses its calculation – never this or that, but both and neither. Magrogan’s work formally approaches painting as a transgressive refrain from binary reductive logic, one which plays a consistent and imperative role in the social body’s ability to interrogate a preconditioned understanding of the world – a spoke in the wheel to the accelerated reduction of worldly phenomena to a set of knowable data points.

Untitled

2021
Acrylic on canvas
147 cm x 178 cm / 58 x 70 in

Untitled

2021
Acrylic on canvas
147 cm x 178 cm / 58 x 70 in

Hunter MFA

This spring, the Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art will graduate 26 artists who completed their degree over the challenging months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These talented MFA Thesis Candidates are exhibiting their work in six group exhibitions at 205 Hudson, in addition to this online spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth. At time when the public audience for in-person exhibitions has been limited by the pandemic, we are excited to provide this digital platform to the emerging artists from Hunter College’s MFA Program in Studio Art.

Discover more at huntermfastudio.org

Images: Potrait of Jameson Magrogan. Photo: Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière; Jameson Magrogan, Untitled, 2020, Photo: Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière; Installation view. Photo: Photo: Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière; Jameson Magrogan, Untitled, 2021, Photo: Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière; Jameson Magrogan, Untitled, 2021, Photo: Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière