In 2003, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Spencer traveled by car for thirteen years to forty-eight states “in hopes of making a few ‘sketches’ of America in order to gain some clarity on what it meant to be living in this nation at this particular moment in time” and published This Land, a large-format book published by University of Texas Press presenting one hundred and forty portraits of the American landscape.
Over the years, as his approach to photography softened, Spencer’s methods of distressing the photographs shifted, and he began glazing with pigments and toning the print surfaces, to create a more reflective image. His extensive perspective varies in palette as well as subject, ranging from monochromatic blacks and whites of early American photographers, to lush over-saturated hues.
Short Stories presents work not found in This Land, but portraits found in this land of ours. As much as he shares a mythical, yet very real, world with us, Spencer reminds us of the peril that apathy or ignorance ensures. “To save the Earth cannot be left to the worst of us,” says the artist. “It should go without saying that our own backyards are certainly worthy of protection.”
Jack Spencer was born in Mississippi and resides in Nashville. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in United States, Germany, and Mexico. Monographs of his work have been published by the University of Texas, LSU, and Vanderbilt Press and 21st Editions. His work is featured in public and private collections across the United States.