1976 · United States
A Renaissance man in his varied professional pursuits, American artist Jason File brings an incredibly analytical approach to his art in which he transforms the concepts of documentation into its own form of art.
Incorporating an industrial sensibility into many of his creations, File creates seemingly straightforward works that often draw upon commercial-grade materials or pull in documents that seem to map out larger yet ambiguous projects. Leaving his viewers with more questions than answers in these works, File underscores the way in which the seemingly every day can easily be re-envisioned as the pivotal.
Born in Marquette, Michigan, in 1976, File earned degrees from London’s Chelsea College of Arts and the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands in 2013, but his academic acumen doesn’t end there. He also holds academic credentials from Yale University and the University of Oxford, as in addition to working as an artist and lecturer File also serves as a war crimes prosecutor. He has enjoyed numerous opportunities to showcase his work around the globe. Recent exhibitions of his art include those at the Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna (2014); Cøpperfield, London (2015); Stroom, The Hague (2015 & 2016); and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2017).