“As a performer and a photographer, my aim is to create experiences that offer people the chance to question their truth and explore new possibilities.
My work aims to draw the viewer away from the comfortable and the familiar to question who they really are. Demonstrating uninhibited freedom plants a seed in the observer: that we all have the right to our freedom and should use it. Inspired by observations of neon-lit bars, drag performances, and everyday city life, my practice captures the raw humanity that these environments encourage.
For me, the camera tells stories best. It captures the smoke that fills a room, emphasizes the brightest lights as well as the darkest shadows, and can exaggerate electric colors. These qualities reveal the inner honesty that I want to unleash and embrace.”
Jason Derek North
is a contemporary artist whose practice unleashes the power of environments where our raw, uninhibited selves are free to emerge.
Jason holds a BFA in Media Arts from Pratt Institute (’05). He works in photography, production and fashion. Alongside Chrissy Hagen, he co-founded Black Cabinet Accessories, an alternative jewelry line. His photographic practice has heavily focused on analog media and alternative methods centering around medium format 120 film. Using his background in film production, North’s photography tells complex stories through a unique visual language. Filled with energy and unconventional beauty, he breaks down boundaries, creating the space for new realities to emerge. His work delves into queer culture, gender, and sexuality. North captures a diverse range of subjects, using technical skill and artful manipulation to create compositions with strong visual presence. His work has been shown at Art Basel Miami in Satellite Art Show 2016-18, PhotoNOLA (New Orleans) and NY Art Book Fair held at MoMA PS1; his solo show was held at Steuben Gallery (Brooklyn) and he has participated in group shows at 112 Front Street Gallery (Brooklyn), Sparkworkshop Gallery (Brooklyn) and Jamaica Center for the Arts (Queens). His work has been published in Korean Photo Magazine and Artslant and is part of the following collections: Hellenic Center for Photography (Athens, Greece), Pratt Institute Special Collections Library, RISD and Brown University libraries. He lives and works between Brooklyn and New Orleans.