Competition: US & Canada
Ron Jude, born in Los Angeles in 1965 and raised in rural Idaho, lives and works in Eugene, Oregon, where he is a professor of art at the University of Oregon. For the past twelve years, his work has consistently explored the nexus between place, memory and narrative through multiple forms and approaches, ranging from appropriated imagery to photographs that echo traditional documentary strategies.
Jude earned a BFA in studio art from Boise State University in 1988, followed by an MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 1992.
His photographs have been exhibited widely since 1992 at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), Daugeu Cultural Center (South Korea), Proekt_Fabrika (Moscow) and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). Jude is the co-founder of A-Jump Books and the author of ten books, including Alpine Star (A-Jump Books), Emmett (The Ice Plant), Executive Model (Libraryman), Lick Creek Line (MACK) and Lago (MACK).
In his newest work, Jude is preoccupied with imperceptible forces, from plate tectonics to the ocean tides, from cycles of growth and decay in the forest, to the incomprehensibility of geological spans of time. His latest photographs allude to the ungraspable scale and veiled mechanics of these phenomena, while acknowledging a desire to gain a broader perspective, beyond the human enterprise, in a time of ecological and political crisis.