BlackRock Center for the Arts’ Kay Gallery Presents Jon Malis Transcolorations

By Editorial Team on July 16, 2018

Sat, 21 July 2018 - Sat, 25 August 2018

Jon Malis, Adobe RGB, ColorJet 3D Printed Plasterstone, 15 x 10 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Reception: Saturday, July 21 from 3pm to 5pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, August 25 at 1pm

Investigating the technologies that dictate how color is recorded, interpreted and output within the digital domain, Jon Malis creates a physical definition of digital photography in abstract sculptures using computer-controlled production methods. The works presented in his solo exhibition, Transcolorations, translate the physicality of an ephemeral dataset into “tangible color” using 3D printing and other digital technologies to physically reproduce the shapes of how color is encoded. Concerned with how colors are stored and displayed, Malis equally considers the source of the raw data as well as how presentation and viewing perspectives can alter our relationship with data. He holds an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University and a BA in Studio Art from George Washington University. A prior semifinalist for both the Sondheim and Trawick Prizes, he is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and maintains his studio practice in both Baltimore and Washington, DC.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present the solo exhibition Jon Malis: Transcolorations in the Kay Gallery from Saturday, July 21 through Saturday, August 25, 2018. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. where the artist will deliver brief remarks at 3:30 p.m. and will be present throughout the event to answer questions. Malis will return to BlackRock to present an Artist Talk on Saturday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m. which will include tours of the exhibit. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jon Malis is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is based in the representation and display of visual content. Initially trained as an analog-turned-digital photojournalist, his work focuses on how various methods of presentation and production can alter the viewer’s perception, interpretation, and experience of imagery. His current works seek to provide a physical definition of digital photography, creating sculptural forms based upon how color is represented in digital imagery. Malis has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the National Photography Award from the von Lebig Art Center (Naples, FL), DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Artist Fellowship grant, semi-final nominations for both the Janet & Walter Sondheim and the Trawick prizes and a Panavision New Filmmaker’s Grant. His work has been exhibited extensively in the Washington, DC region, nationally, and internationally; reviewed in the Washington Post and Naples Daily News; and featured on Maryland Public TV and PBS. Recently, he has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles, CA) and the Slade School of Art in London. Malis received a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Electronic Media from American University in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from The George Washington University in 2007.Currently, he holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and maintains his studio practice in both Baltimore and Washington, DC. To learn more, please visit the artist’s website:

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BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.