Jennifer Schwartz Gallery presents “Amazing Stranger,” a series of photographic tableau by Jason Parker.
The Amazing Stranger is a series of images about the transition from childhood to adulthood and the desire for clarity. Inspired by fairy tales, the images portray life as a more or less random series of events rather than illusory defining moments. The absolutism and simplicity of being a kid fades into the murky and necessary relativism of grown ups.
Lacking context, the images’ meaning is ambiguous. They do not add up. The future is unknown and the past is fixed. The present, like life, is always changing. The stranger is a transitional figure, passing through the frame, momentarily acknowledged, engaged somewhere else. He is in the act of becoming, seeking purpose, supposing that there is an end, but with a dawning suspicion that flux is the natural state of being.
In the words of author J.G. Ballard, “There’s a limit to the number of cars and microwaves you can buy. What do you do then?”
Through August 25.
Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 112
Atlanta, GA 30318