Jared Theis
Under the Sparkle Sunshine

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 6-9pm
Exhibition on view
February 17 – March 2, 2018, by appointment only

Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery is pleased to announce Under the Sparkle Sunshine, a solo exhibition by Jared Theis. Under the Sparkle Sunshine, is a multi-media installation featuring video, sculpture and costumes created by Theis. The exhibit will open with a reception for the public February 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm as part of the On & Off Fredericksburg Studio Tour.

Exhibition Statement:
The past five years Theis has been building a type of personal mythology that follows a group of fantastical creatures through time and stages of evolution. These investigations are realized through video, performance, animation and sculpture. He uses this system as a lens to look back at life on earth, human societies and our own evolutionary path. The narratives in his work are reinterpretations of mythological themes learned from childhood. He is particularly interested in the origins of these characters, their relationship to their environment and spiritual growth. These characters are driven by primal instincts, but over time have evolved and discovered new means of engaging their environment. He often uses extinction events or natural disasters as a means of accelerating this process. Theis plays the roles of these characters, wearing sculptural costumes that connect him to these spaces. The suit become a means of entering these worlds and exploring different states of being. During the performances he imagines himself as a survivalist creature, enacting a series of rituals that have deep roots in his own experiences. Theis sees these rituals as a means of reconnecting with a very distant and deeply embedded part of himself.