Artist Statement 

As we gaze upon faces, our personal history governs our perception. Heads, on the other hand, are biological brick and mortar housing something immaterial.  Something more animalistic than human. How we perceive a face is a battle between appearance and our constructed reality.  I focus on heads as a vessel for the self and investigate how we (humans) and computers look at them.  

I arrived at portraiture after years of painting television stills, video game screenshots, and other detritus from contemporary visual culture. This led me to create a series of works about biometric facial recognition. The detachment with which a computer sees and identifies the human face contrasts the more organic explorations I create with oils. However, both rely upon a set of markers that indicate the form and shape of a head.   

I work on multiple paintings at a time since much of my work involves layering and glazing. I alternate between regulation and lawlessness in my approach, trying to eliminate structure in some heads, while adding it in others. This is important to me because it allows me to revisit a head multiple times. They are not the result of spontaneous brushwork, but instead a relationship which is built up over time.

I'm currently represented by Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT. 

Education

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts (Old Lyme Connecticut)
Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MFA Candidate - University of Colorado Boulder


Jeremiah is a Principle Lecturer at Prague College where he leads the studio production module of the BA year of the Fine Art Experimental Media program. He also tutors in numerous classes including Engaging with Art, Drawing, Final Major Project (Foundation), and Personal Experimental Studies (Foundation).

Exhibitions

2017 - Portraits - Dark Matter Gallery - Prague, Czech Republic 

2016 - Mixed Messages - French Institute - Prague, Czech Republic 

2015 - Represented by Giampietro Gallery - New Haven, CT. USA

2014 - Pompidou Metz - France
            Musee de l'Elysee - Switzerland
            Schirn Kunsthalle - Frankfurt, Germany

2013- Present - Jeremiah established Bliss Farm, a storefront studio in Prague, Czech Republic.

2008 - Styx Project Space - Berlin, Germany - Curated by Michael Rade

2007 - Utopia Gallery - Prague, Czech Republic - Curated by Jakub Hosek

2006 - Proces International Symposium - Prague, Cz - Curated by Mark Divo

 - NoD Experimental Space - Prague, Cz - Curated by Rene Rohan

 - Meduza Gallery - Prague, Cz

 - Art One Gallery - Scottsdale, Arizona. USA

Press

The Creators Project:Vice

White Hot Magazine

NPR: Jeremiah Palecek: Painter of Internet Memes

Half Life and the Muse: Art Discovers the World of Games: Wired

PRINT Magazine – PRINT May-June 2007

MAKE: Blog: Internet meme paintings by Jeremiah Palecek

Boing Boing: 8 bit art

Jeremiah Palecek: Nerd Art – Josh Spear, Trendspotting

Interview: Jeremiah Palecek – Prague, Czech Republic

Neatorama » Blog Archive » Internet Meme Paintings

Jeremiah Palecek Hearts Youtube – Josh Spear, Trendspotting

Prague TV: Stranger in a Strange Land

Jeremiah Palecek // Current

NPR: Slideshow: I Like Paintings

Le regard dramatique en peinture

CineVegas Film Festival

Fine-art paintings of Internet memes | News.com Extra – CNET News.com

André De Pape

Plus Gonzo Arcade!: Jeremiah Palecek y su arte

bookmunch – online book reviews

YouTube as Art | MetaFilter

Dramatic Chipmunk // Current

Error: The Operation Completed Successfully! | Mac Amour:

Orble

Boing Boing:

1984comic.com – Blog Toplist

Cool Hunting:

MAKE: Blog: Computers Archives

3:AM Magazine » 2006 » February

Ludology.org: Chewy and game paintings