Jon Horvath

Jon Horvath is an interdisciplinary artist routinely employing systems-based strategies within transmedia narrative projects. He received his MFA in Photography from UW-Milwaukee in 2008, and a BAS in both English Literature and the History of Philosophy from Marquette University in 2001.

Horvath’s work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows at venues including: The Print Center (Philadelphia), The Griffin Museum of Photography (Wincester, MA), FIESP Cultural Centre (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Gyeonggi Art Center (Suwon, South Korea), OFF Piotrkowska (Lodz, Poland), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland), the Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee), INOVA (Milwaukee), Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati), Johalla Projects (Chicago), and The Alice Wilds (Milwaukee). His work is currently held in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Snite Museum of Art, and the Haggerty Museum of Art, and is included in the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Horvath currently teaches in the New Studio Practice program at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Artist Statement

Wide Eyed persists as the undercurrent of my full artistic practice, bridging the gaps between more pointed and scripted works. As such, this project embraces the act of photographic wandering, seeking moments of discovery and identifying parallels between seemingly unrelated events. Wide Eyed functions analogously to an archive or database; a repository for meditations, glimpses, and passing thoughts about anything I may come to encounter within the everyday. It is a breathing body of images that continues to change shape and embrace new arrangements, from its origins more than a decade ago until the present day. 

Untitled (from Wide Eyed),2013
Release Date: April 23, 2021

Untitled (from Wide Eyed), 2013 represents a theme of entropy that commonly presents itself within my Wide Eyed project. I’m frequently interested in the tension between order and disorder. This image of a backstop was made in an unmaintained park in Detroit, MI.