Jett Strauss

Jett Strauss' work grows from the sludgy ground located between cyberspace and meatspace—which is to say, out of deep-seated conflict. As a child he had a habit which he often ruminates on today: when his digital avatar fell to its death, with his buttocks and jaw clenched in pure frustration, he would futilely attempt to mutilate his controller with his bare hands. The artist has devoted much of his work to the ludic excavation of this type frustration or conflict: The conflict between how we imagine and delineate the virtual and the bodily, of having a worldview and being able to put that worldview into real action, of the schizophrenic relationship between desire and reality, of operating between so many different kinds of spaces—cyberspaces, political spaces, market places.

The multimedia installations of the artist dramatize the dominant structures of the imagination, borrowing from strategies of biblical prophetic speech, conspiratorial vlogging, and modes commercial audio-visual display.

Jett Strauss was born in 1989 in New York, New York, USA and currently lives and works between New York and New Jersey. He holds a BFA degree from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and is finishing his MFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. You can view his portfolio at jettstrauss.com.