Jason Jägel‘s paintings and drawings spring out of his love of music, comics and stories. As well as his paintings and drawings Jägel designs album covers, sculptures and installations. His work is busy, hectic and stylized and unlike many artists who plan out their work in advance Jägel lets the story reveal itself as he’s working on it – an emotional response rather than a rational decision to create a predetermined picture. Here’s what he says about the process;
A story is something I discover rather than diagram. The process of loading a brush with paint or picking up a marking tool is a physical act that is connected to, but separate from, visualizing things in my head. I need to submit to the physical act, “go with the flow,” in order to let head and hand best collaborate. They do work together, but trying to make my hand subservient to images in my head is not effective. There are a thousand themes and stories I want to visualize, but I won’t get the desired fluid, unexpected results by seeking predetermination. I may start out wanting to make one thing only to have it’s execution take a nose-dive. Yet the process usually reveals something else, unforeseen, that is less contrived than what I wanted. To me, non-linearity has a greater connect to reality.
And about his love of music he says;
Records are the greatest. They are a unending source of inspiration, full of ideas, feeling, words, images. As I said, I can live in music throughout my day. Goethe said music is frozen architecture. Vito Acconci said that that you can experience both while doing other things. I especially like to see records as a history book, a document of a person, time and place; one chapter of a larger book that both exists in the past and is an inexorable part of the present; something a lot of invisible work went into. Records are rare, lost, imperfect, damaged, repaired, found, forgotten, studied, sampled, touched, felt, seen and read. Records are an analog document of time and are old and become new again.
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