Joan Mitchell Center

Jared Theis

San Antonio, TX and Berlin, Germany
Sculpture, Multimedia
September 9–December 13
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“I’m particularly interested in vulnerability and how organisms adapt to their environment. The narratives in my work are reinterpretations of mythological themes I learned from childhood. Utilizing sculptural suits that connect me to these spaces, I explore the origins of these characters, their relationships to their environment, and spiritual growth.”

Jared Theis was born in 1977. He earned an MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 2012. While in California, he received a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and the Robert Arneson Award. In 2014, he was awarded a Statens Kunstnerstipend from Kulturrådet, Norway Arts Council in Oslo. In 2017 he was awarded a three-month residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, through Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX. He has recently exhibited his work at Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway; Mass Gallery, Austin, TX; and the Oslo Prosjektrom, Norway. Theis has upcoming residencies in 2019 at KHIO, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway; the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans; and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX, and Berlin, Germany.

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Under the Sparkle Sunshine

Under the Sparkle Sunshine

2018, ceramics, metal, wood, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video, 156 x 216 x 216 inches

Strawberry Gloves

Strawberry Gloves

2017, ceramics, fabric, wire, paint, 19.5 x 12.5 x 4 inches

Wet Dreams

Wet Dreams

2016, ceramics, metal, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video projection, 120 x 504 x 384 inches

Wet Dreams

Wet Dreams

(detail), 2016, ceramics, metal, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video projection, 120 x 504 x 384 inches

Wet Dreams

Wet Dreams

(detail), 2016, ceramics, metal, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video projection, 120 x 504 x 384 inches


You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma

You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma

2018, ceramics, metal, fabric, leather, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, toy guns, video, 120 x 192 x 96 inches

Bang Bang

Bang Bang

2018, ceramics, fabric, toy guns, paint, epoxy, 24 x 16.5 x 2.5 inches

Worlds in Flux

Worlds in Flux

2017, ceramics, metal, wood, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video, 180 x 552 x 384 inches