Jason E. Carter

Jason-Carter_ Jason-Carter_1ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jason E. Carter, a native of metropolitan Detroit, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies (1999), and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011). Carter was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2011. His work is in many public collections, including the Cranbrook Art Museum. To see more work by Jason E. Carter, visit www.jecart.com. Top Right Photo Credit: Marvin Shaouni It looks like we don't have what you are looking for. Please select another filter.


Jason E. Carter’s project is presented as part of the Art X Detroit 2015 Visual Arts Exhibition. In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright reassessed the design of the American home, leading him to create the Usonian house. Although Wright was trimming the fat in the design, he kept the fireplace as a functional and structural part of the home. This was at a time when the fireplace’s role of the day-to-day was supplanted by other technologies for heat. The fireplace for Wright was the geometric, spiritual, and symbolic focal point of the house, despite it no longer having an essential function for the home. In fact, the word focus, in its Latin origin, means fireplace or hearth. Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy on the hearth is the catalyst for #UsonianFocus. In entering the digital age we have begun to replace that idea of the fireplace with digital screens. We gather in isolation around the glow of a screen and meet up communally in a virtual space. Our environments now flicker with a digital glow, and with this obsession in our culture with screens we have entered into a new age of light. The paintings for this project are based on interior photographs Carter has taken at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affleck House, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and owned by Lawrence Technological University. He used only the light of digital sources, such as a tablet or laptop, to light throughout the home, while keeping his main focus on the fireplace. Wright’s architectural philosophy of the Usonian provides the direction of the discussion in the paintings, and possibly brings insight in to our own living spaces and digital lives.


Light has had a continual presence in subject and concept throughout the history of painting, but how it is understood and interpreted has evolved over time. My current paintings are meditations on a new perception of light. The light we live by today is not what others experienced in the past. The digital age has brought a new age of illumination through glowing rectangles that demand our attention and are used with an almost religious fervor as they are essential to our day-to-day lives and culture. The sole light source for the paintings come from a screen (laptop, tablet, smartphone), which with its digital flicker manipulates and redefines the space. This artificial light provides insight into our new digital landscape.