(American, b. 1979, resides in Waukesha, WI)
Jon Horvath’s open-ended series Wide Eyed eschews the parameters that often govern a photographic body of work. Rather than presenting a clearly defined narrative, the series embraces his wandering spirit by investigating his everyday surroundings in photographs of the disparate events and places he encounters. The varied subject matter–a white barn centered in a winter landscape, a plastic elk pierced by an arrow, newspaper through a mailbox, suburban landscapes–is recognizable enough to appear familiar, but dodges specificity in content and conceptual motivation. Horvath considers the series as an archive of fleeting thoughts and experiences to exist as a constantly shifting body of work with an infinite number of interpretations.
Jon Horvath is an artist and educator residing in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He completed his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries including: The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Macy Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY, and The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI. His work is held in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Horvath currently teaches at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.