Jesse Reding Fleming is a contemplative artist.
Fleming structures his work to elicit a selective attention towards witnessing and mutating the self-other dichotomy. This motivation is seen in Fleming’s artistic research and development—a hybrid output of his extended reality (XR) development, contemplative programming, media art, installation, tool building and filmmaking practices.
he Is also an assistant professor at the Johnny Carson Center for emerging media arts at University of Nebraska–Lincoln and directs the Awareness Lab (tAL), a creative research studio for art, technology, and well-being.
Fleming’s artworks are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the Cedars-Sinai Collection, Los Angeles; the Rutter Family Art Foundation, Norfolk Virginia; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul. His works have been selected for exhibition in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, West Hollywood Public Arts Commission, 356 Mission Road, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, LA Freewaves, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA, and the Colburn School of Music. Elsewhere he has exhibited at the Johnny Carson Theater, Nebraska; Middlebury College, Vermont; Virginia MOCA; MASS MoCA, West Adams; the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa; the San Francisco Symphony; Landmarks at the University of Texas at Austin; Creative Time, NYC; the Moving Image Art Fair, NYC; NADA, Miami; the National Film Museum, Frankfurt; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; the Further Future Festival, Las Vegas; Slam Dance Film Festival, Park City; and the Loop Festival, Barcelona. In 2012, he won the NYC Moving Image Art Fair award for Exceptional Vision and Artistic Achievement, and in 2014, he was listed as number one of the top ten artists in Los Angeles in Artforum’s annual Best Of list.
As a filmmaker in New York and Los Angeles, Fleming has directed film projects with musicians Sigur Ros, Lykke Li, Fools Gold, and Explosions in the Sky. Fleming also directed works with artists Doug Aitken, Laura Owens, Matthew Barney, Kerry Tribe, Francesco Vezzoli, Cyprian Gaillard, Mark Lecky, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Merce Cunningham, Daniel Arsham, and for institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Guggenheim New York, the Getty, MOCA Los Angeles, the Hammer Museum, the New York Times, and Bloomberg TV.
He has an MFA from UCLA’s Design Media Arts Department, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in New Genres, a teaching certification from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and is a facilitator of american mindfulness pioneer, shinzen young.