Montana artist Jesse Blumenthal creates this Sonic Ecosystem in response to the speed of technological and industrial progress, as it exists alongside and within the natural world.
Blumenthal says of his work, “The speed and artificiality of our progress has neglected the natural. Our relationships with each other, and with the environment surrounding us, have been translated through one form or another of technology since the dawn of the industrial age…. I seek to investigate this space through both the analog and the digital lenses.”
Blumenthal uses his research in consumer technologies as a basis for sculptures and digital fabrication. Using printed circuit board patterns and adaptive kits, 3D printed objects, and speakers, he creates a visual and sonic installation illustrating how the natural and technological world intersect and compete, to create Endemic.
Jesse Blumenthal is an internationally exhibited, museum collected Artist and Educator residing in Missoula, MT. He was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He attended UMass Amherst, earning a BFA in Sculpture in 2007, and completed his graduate work at The University of Montana, earning an MFA in 2019. Jesse’s studio work explores the Anthropocene by reflecting on the strains of the spaces between Man and their Environment. As an artist living in the west for the majority of his adult life, his recent work explores industrial materials and consumer technology in interdisciplinary arrangements that reflect on the natural environment of his mountain home. The clash of the natural represented within the inherently processed human material creates an ironic tension in the work that can be witnessed throughout the landscape of the industrialized west. The high mountains of Southwestern Colorado were home base for both studio and community based art practices, rooted in the industrial arts, for almost a decade before moving to Montana in 2016. Embracing opportunity for community engagement, through the opportunities working in industrial material offers, has broadened the reach and accessibility of Blumenthal’s practice. The open inclusion of participants into Blumenthal’s artistic practice references contemporary political topics such as capitalism and socialism, social topics based around community and accessibility, and artistic movements such as Relational Aesthetics, Fluxus, and Immersive/Participatory Events.
Accolades include the Permanent Collection at The Yellowstone Art Museum, a Montana Arts Council Artists in Schools and Communities Grant supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, and four separate regional grants to support community based foundry events. Recent public sites have included Salem Art Works, Bozeman Sculpture Park, The International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Sculpture in the Wild, and Open AiR.