I create by a variety of methodology, founded on stream-of-consciousness improvisation whether painting, drawing or sculpture. Working on many pieces at once allows me to continually re-approach each work with spontaneity and instinct. The process seeks manifestation of new ideas and unfettered tangenting. My adaptive unconscious flourishes as I become a conduit for new forms; much in the way a musician or writer speaks of being connected to something greater during the act of creating. Throughout making a piece I seek to have my imagination activated by color, shape, text, composition, image and their collective arrangement. Many of my paintings focus on negative space to trigger visualization. Equally, I seek creation of open-ended signs: where my imagination response to a form is multiple, slippery and perpetually in motion.
My greatest desire is to be a master storyteller, and while I may never become what I wish to, the dream keeps me striving. My studio practice is hungry: based on the repetition and consistency that underscores discipline. The leading body of work is one shaped by a childhood spent reading comic books and in my father’s painting studio. These pieces include the syntax of comics: forms that behave like words (and vice verse), the limitless possibilities of representation, sequencing, narrative and the tension between rendering and flatness. Equally, they display a connection to the type of illusionary space found in the work of many figurative painters, including my father. Certain convincing “tells” of illusionary space allow me to activate that architecture in my mind, it becoming a theatre or character. Within the contradiction / continuity of spatial cues and flatness, multiple perspectives and scales, language and color is a flickering space where opposed ideas can co-exist.
Artist Bio / CV
Jason Jägel was born in 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received degrees from California College of Arts and Crafts (BFA 1995) and Stanford University (MFA 2002). A monograph of his work entitled, Seventy-Three Funshine (2008), was created with an accompanying ten-inch vinyl record with music by Madlib and published by Electric Works, San Francisco. Jägel has been featured in numerous solo and group shows since 1995 including those in New York, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Milan, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and more. Jagel's work appears in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The UCLA Hammer Museum and the Portland Museum of Art, among others. Jason lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco.