About the Book
Part autobiography, part confession, and part critique, the Simple Truths (and Complex Lies) project looks both inward and outward, blending inquiry and absurdity, and borrowing from post-modernism, Dada, and sixties experimentalism (with some Ernie Kovacs, Spike Jones and Mad Magazine thrown in to keep things moving).
While diverse in materials, methods, and presentation, these pieces share a common goal which is to present information to the viewer in unanticipated ways. Sub-themes within the overall Truths project investigate self-portraiture, sexual relationships, sacred cows, regular cows, the history of art and photography, and a few uniquely human attributes such as greed, lust, pretense, and regret.
Much, but not all, of this is enclosed in a layer of ironic humor that may help buffer steadily increasing evidence that nihilism actually makes a lot of sense.
Jay Boersma received the M.F.A. at Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind and did additional coursework with Lisette Model and Minor White. He received the B.A. at Columbia College Chicago. His photography is in the Permanent Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, and numerous private collections. Much more of his work can be viewed at re-vision.com.