Designer, Printmaker, Book Artist & Installation Artist, Oshkosh, WI
Artist Statement: Iconometer is a serial artist’s book. I started this project because I wanted to output ideas and experiments while I was working on larger works, like prints and installations. I use it to explore concept and form on an intimate scale, investigating a small part of a larger work or combining disparate elements to create independent pieces. The content has evolved to include travel narratives, collecting and personal anecdotes.
Digital technology is used in many issues but drawing and assemblage are equally important. Most often the issues are produced using xerography but I have also printed them in letterpress, silk-screen, ditto and rubber stamp. I’ve created some issues using found objects such as books, stickers, newspaper ads and graph paper.
Since starting the project in 1995, I have sold the book to subscribers in the United States, Canada and Australia. Iconometer has also been collected by libraries in Iowa, Wisconsin and Toronto and exhibited in Newfoundland, Missouri, Nevada, Arkansas and the United Kingdom.
It’s a forum where I can reveal my work and experiment with my art. With gallery audiences, or subscribers opening the mail, I want the reaction to be immediate—for the reader to grab the book, open it up and get into it. The individual issues are unique but as a group, they have become a collective document about my life and work as an artist.
Speaker Bio: Edwin Jager’s prints and installations explore the book as artifact, presenting it in a manner that is familiar to the viewer but surreal in its scale and presentation. Using print media, video, photography, text, and drawing, he addresses issues of translation, especially the physical and electronic structures that we use to pass information one to another. His serial book project, Iconometer, ongoing since 1995, uses the ’zine as a format for defining the self by examining one’s environment.
Jager’s work has been exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions, including: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Fort Collins, Colorado; the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; Manhattan Arts International and the Agora Gallery in New York; and Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Edwin Jager is an artist and educator, currently serving as Chair of the Department of Art, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Jager received his AOCA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and his MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. He also holds a graduate certificate in book Arts and technologies from the University of iowa Center for the Book.
Sponsorship: The Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop & thINK Printmaking Club