Cameron Jarvis is a visual artist and musician from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. In 2015 Cameron received his BA in Studio Art and Music Performance from Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, MN). In 2019 he received his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art and Architecture (Philadelphia, PA). He studied painting at Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK) in 2014. Cameron currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
My artistic practice begins with the premise that the space an object or person operates within has a significant influence on their identity. By using ubiquitous, often unnoticed materials like concrete, dust, trash, and household items mixed with more traditional art materials, I highlight the similar molds by which private and public spaces are constructed. I use variation, chance, decay and lack of order to point out the limits of my control as a young black artist and emphasize the viewer’s role in creating meaning. Making and defining art is the same process of ordering as keeping a home, planning a city, and maintaining a nation. As the borders expand, and control expands from private to public space, the composition and density of the corpus changes. Defining a space eventually means defining its occupants.
Concrete, wood, screws.
Banner / Mandala
Spray paint on plastic sheeting, magnets, found objects.