The Venice resident's body of work includes more than 100 oil paintings, the feature fuilm "Project Omicron" and a variety of kinetic sculptures and performance pieces.
Whitham's social and academic
setbacks started in kindergarten.
In second grade his class was split into three groups, based on achievement levels. "I was in the 'economy package of kids," Whitham said. That year he wrote his first book, "Monkeys and Bears in Outer Space."
"It's interesting," he said, "I failed the grade, miserably, horribly and that same year I won the young authors contest - this kid who was supposedly developmentally delayed."
Like the man-made island of Venice, Fla, Jared Whitham's art is full of tourist traps, snowbirds, golf courses and garage sales. Those of us who love and hate Florida find our ambivalence thickend in vivid colors on his canvasses. We see the baeautiful and the grotesque together. We encounter a more personal and moving engagement with the complexity of our home state than we might in most of the booths at our local art fairs..
New York curator and lecturer at the Guggenhheim Museum and NYU, Renee Vara of Vara Fine Arts (www.varaart.com) said, [whitham's work makes an important statement on often overlooked subcultures in America - the suburbanite and the early bird retiree. He also makes art about these cultuures from an insiders viewpoint, instead of the uburnaite ivory tower of the art world. People in the art wiorkd are obsessed with celebrity, butt Jared is interested in exploring banal suburban life and retirement funds.
Tune in anywhere in Queens, Greenpoint, and random areas throughout New York, and you can see this madman on channel 6, 26, 32 or 35–any time, day or night or anywhere in between. (By the way, Channel 32 seems to work the best in Brooklyn and some parts of New York City, and he’s not on cable, just the airwaves.)
It may be the weirdest narrative ever committed to hi-8 videotape, but if you can get past the stilted acting and dreamlike repetitions, The Hands of Dexter Pecan is a visually compelling little piece about a boy who becomes a tortured social outcast because he refuses to wash his hands. Whatís really interesting is how it was made: a strange hybrid of live performance and animation, it was captured in one take using only silhouettes, old-school overhead projectors, puppets and outlandish costumes, with the music played live as well. Itís written and stars a funky artist I knew growing up named Jared Whitham.
I have received word that Jared has been interviewed by at least one major news outlet and I'll certainly post a link to that interview as soon as it is released. Until then, here are some out-takes of a film I did with Jared back in 1999 (the film itself was released on video but is out of print and not available online. Perhaps that will change, but here is a brief look at the world of the low-budget Sci-Fi Art Film dreamed up by Jared when he was still in High School in Florida:
This guy was one of the first internet video artists before the days of video bloggers or "vloggers". He wrote, produced, acted, edited, and uploaded his own kids show on the internet called "The Jared Whitham Show". Keep in mind this was way before there were lonelygirls or rocketbooms...
Ed Furniture Entertainment is an independent record label based in the small retirement community of Venice, FL. Over the past 1.5 years, we have invested approximately $24,000 on promoting and supporting our vast roster of two. Sir Millard Mulch (composer) and Jared Whitham (performance artist) are two of the most non-potential money-makers we could have thought of.
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