Jaret Vadera

Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work explores how different social, technological, and cognitive processes shape and control the ways that we see the world around and within us.

Vadera's paintings, prints, photographs, videos, and installations have been exhibited and screened internationally at venues such as the Queens Museum, MoMA, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society, Aga Khan Museum, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and the Maraya Art Centre. In parallel, Vadera has worked as a curator, programmer, and writer on projects that focus on art as a catalyst for social change.

Vadera studied in the fine arts mobility program at The Cooper Union, received his undergraduate degree in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and his M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Yale University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Technology and art
  • Visual representation

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2103 Artists, Ideas, and Practice: First-Year Research SeminarThis course considers the social, cultural, economic, political, and art historical influences that define and redefine contemporary art and artists in the twenty-first century. First year BFA students will be introduced to art as a dynamic aesthetic, analytical, subjective and social form of expression, communication, thought and material production. A wide range of works and ideas and approaches will be explored taking a non-hierarchal approach.  
  • ART 2701 Introduction to Digital MediaThis course explores the use of digital technology in contemporary art making. Students approach software programs by researching historical and contemporary art issues, with emphasis on how to differentiate between analog and digital forms. Through the investigation of the history of digital technology students will gain an understanding of digital culture and its correlation to social, aesthetic and theoretical issues. Topics explored include time-based art, network culture, image resolution, computational techniques, virtuality, and interactivity.
  • ART 3005 Advanced Studio PracticeThis class will concentrate on the development, through research and material experimentation, of a studio practice informed by historical and social context. Different research and production methodologies will be encouraged to develop a practice that is critical, self-sustaining, and flexible. This course is conceived as an introduction to the concentrated studio practice developed further in the following two thesis semesters.
  • ART 3799 Digital Media: Special Topics: Algorithms, Imaging, and PowerTopics TBA.
  • ART 3799 Digital Media: Special Topics: Hidden in Plain SightTopics TBA.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Alserkal Residency, Dubai (2017)
  • Artist-Researcher Residency, Project for Empty Space, Newark (2016)
  • Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York City (2013)
  • Transparent Studio Residency, Bose Pacia, New York City (2012)
  • Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven (2009)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Here, Aga Khan Museum (2017)
  • CTRL+ALT: Imagined Futures, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (2016)
  • Fatal Love, Queens Museum (2005)

Publications (Selected)

  • Archives, Algorithms, and Resistance: Documenting SAWCC, Archival Alchemy (2017)
  • Legibility, Dictionary of the Possible, Shifter (2016)
  • Believe You Me, Doublebind, William Patterson University (2014)
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