The pieces selected for this exhibition were first shown as part of a solo exhibit titled Topics of Discourse.
Discourse refers to how we think and communicate. The verbal and visual connections with people, things, the social organization of society, and the relationships among and between all three. By virtue of giving structure and order to language and thought, discourse structures and orders our lives, relationships with others, and society. Typically it emerges out of social institutions like media and politics, among others. It shapes our thoughts, ideas, beliefs, values, identities, interactions with others, and our behavior. In doing so it produces much of what occurs within us and within society.
In Linguistics, discourse refers to a unit of language and its social usage. To study discourse is to analyze the use of verbal (spoken or written) and visual language in a social context. It is interested in how larger units of language—including semantics, syntax and context—contribute meaning to conversations. Syntax and context constitutes meaning through discourse. Often times, meaning cannot be extrapolated from a verbal exchange alone because of the many semantic factors involved, however visual discourse and particularly its marriage with the verbal, is derived from a shared visual language. Graphic signage, advertising, corporate identity and logos are all examples of this shared visual/verbal language.
In this solo exhibition I am most interested in the diverse semantic dialogues that take place, in both visual and verbal language, between the images, the viewer and in turn the artist. This discourse of dialogue is succinctly specific to the individual viewer. He/She brings to the conversation their own unique story, context, and experience which inturn gives the work specific and unique meaning wholly separate from any intended meaning given by the creator or others. But, discourse is more than a message between sender and receiver. The interaction and communication of images and elements within the work creates another form of discourse that may invoke a completely independent meaning.
I use many combinations of materials and emerging mediums in my work. Always focused on experimenting and pushing my comfort zone. Using combinations of mixed media, including found collage, ephemera, drawing mediums, various image transfer methods, printmaking, alternative photography, found object, and assemblage. All work is constructed in layer upon layer, starting with the wood, canvas, or found surface.
After Earning his BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art, Jeff’s professional career has been broad reaching, from nationally recognized Illustrator, to prolific fine artist and respected art theorist, and pedagogue. As a freelance illustrator and designer since college he has worked for many of the largest corporate, institutional and editorial clients nationwide. Some of his clients have included: The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, U.S.News & World Report, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Mens Health, Psychology Today, Money magazine, Smart Money, Popular Science, Business 2.0, Continental Airlines, The Discovery Channel, Harvard University, and Columbia University, to name just a few publications that have included his dynamic work.
His artwork has been exhibited extensively both locally and nationally and is included in several national private and public collections.
Bohlander is the recent recipient of the Best in Show honor at the 2019 20th Annual Wills Creek Juried Exhibition, Juried by Jack Rasmussen, the Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Jeff was recently awarded 3rd place honors at the 2019 Maryland Biennial Juried Exhibition at the university of maryland Global Campus. He is three time winner of 2nd place prize at The Delaplaine Visual Art Center National Juried Exhibition. Exhibition locations include: The Bertaux Gallery, Baltimore MD, the Fleckenstein Gallery, Towson MD, Mary Condon Hodgson Gallery, Frederick MD, The Delaplaine Visual Art Center, Frederick MD, The Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown MD, National Illustrators Invitational Exhibition at The Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster PA, The Chi Gallery, Brooklyn NY, and at the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Frederick Community College and at Shepherd University as well as Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.