Jesse Sugarmann is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, performance, sculpture, and fibers. His work engages the automotive industry as a manufacture of human identity, accessing automotive history as an index of both cultural identity and social history. Jesse has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Getty Institute, Los Angeles; el Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; the Banff Center, Canada; Filmbase, Ireland; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Drift Station, Omaha; Fugitive Projects, Nashville; and the 2010 Portland Biennial. His work has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art Papers, ART LTD, Art Cards, Art Fag City, Art Car Nation, ArtSlant, and the New York Times. He is represented by Portland’s Fourteen30 Contemporary and is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital film/video grant. Jesse lives and works in Bakersfield, California.
"I am interested in the way that car accidents function as instant monuments to traumatic events. We look at car accidents with the same emotions and energies that we bring to a monument, enduring a moment of adjacency to a totem of violence and death. I engage the car accident using the visual language of monument, combining the elegance and geometric balance of the monument with the chance and violence of the car wreck." - JS