published, SSK Press, 2016
Edition: First, Edition (/100)
168 Pages, B&W
Unique mylar Cover w/ hand-driped melted multi-color wax on front
Completed in sequence in early 2016, Two Winters Long is Jason Jaworski’s most recent published photographic project, comprised entirely of images created within the 2015 winter season. Originally begun as a separate project while the artist was working in Cambodia teaching art at an NGO to orphans, the images were soon collected and sequenced together with others created at different locations from the artist’s winter travels including New York, Los Angeles, Tijuana, San Francisco, San Ysidro, Oahu and Scranton. Relating to the multiple losses of life the artist endured over the winter season, the title, Two Winters Long, serves to engage in the aspect of time and how one winter in Cambodia bled into multiple others at different locales- a sort of season of memory and the simultaneous burden and relief that comes with the loss of life. Threaded throughout the entire project is a longing from someone acknowledging the knowledge only understood when one has endured enough- a melancholy knowing that love, although infinite in its intangible manner, is only a fraction of the physical- that thing which will always expire, no matter how enduring a person’s own enigma of life is.
An artist book produced to accompany the project was shown in the Focus Photography section at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, with a signing and NY launch for the publication due at MoMA PS1 for Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair at Booth N10 on September 17th, 2pm. A 168-page publication with over 155 images, a drawing and text, the book’s cover is especially important to the project; each one is unique, featuring hand-dripped melted multicolor wax from prayer candles the artist acquired from multiple funerals he attended over the 2015 winter season, the wax representing the displacement of time between the artist’s subjects and the printed product, candles being one of the oldest forms used to measure the distance of a day along with the hour glass and the sun’s light. Each dot of wax is meant to fall off over time with the book's use, resembling the experience the artist had while holding a candle during a wake and funeral procession.