Jonathan Jacquet, a visual artist from Athens, Ga., will have paintings and sculptures exploring the effects of Aquired Monocular Vision on the perception of form, beginning Feb. 11 in Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
Jacquet lost vision in his left eye at the age of five, leaving him unable to read visual clues that require both eyes working in concert. The condition is called stereo-blindness; one visual cue that is lost is depth perception, making it difficult for Jacquet to navigate in space. The stereo-blind need to read other spatial cues to determine depth.
Jacquet’s condition has inspired him to create a body of work that explores the devices he uses to solve depth perception problems when creating representational drawings. The concepts he explores not only have helped his professional career as an artist, but also have helped others reinforce their own representational drawing skills.
Jacquet holds a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from the Ringling School of Art and Design and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina. He also attended the New York Studio Program at the Parsons School of Art and Design in New York City. He specializes in drawing, painting, wood carving and sculpture. He has taught art and design classes at the University of Georgia, Gainesville State College, the University of Miami, Florida International University and the University of North Carolina, as well as at summer art institutes. His work has been featured in shows and juried exhibitions in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North and South CArolina, Tennessee, Virginia and New York. The Talley Gallery exhibition will be the first time his work has been shown in Minnesota.
Located in room 212 of Bensen Hall on the Bemidji State University campus, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. All activities in the Talley Gallery are supported by the University’s Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee and Bemidji State University’s Department of Visual Arts.
Hours for the Talley Gallery are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Goliaszewski, director of the Talley Gallery, (218) 755-3708.
• Jonathan Jacquet