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NJ Emerging Artist Series: Jason M. Stewart

Date(s) - 06/02/2017 - 07/02/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monmouth Museum

NJ Emerging Artists Series

Images: Left: Ways of Worship, Synthetic polymer paint, ink, and charcoal on canvas, 2013; Right: Trash Cans Stand as Weekly Suburban Tombstones, Synthetic polymer paint and graphite on canvas, 2016

NJ Emerging Artists Series

Jason M. Stewart –  Abstract & Schematic Paintings

June 2 – July 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd from 6 – 8 pm

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 21st from 7 – 8 pm

The Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm; Admission $8

In Negotiations of Place, I am concerned with the struggle that occurs
between the real and the remembered, the rational and instinctual.
My process begins with an awareness of place and the way it is seen,
experienced, and remembered. Through photographs and drawings, I
study places of personal significance and transience. These studies are
abstracted through the improvisation and vocabulary of paint in a way
that honors the locale while becoming something new. Schematic
drawings, which represent fact and accuracy, are drawn from memory;
memories filled with emotions and inaccurate accounts. The
abstractions develop in unknown directions. They are improvised and
intuitive, reactionary and resourceful, quick but authentic.

My intent is to juxtapose a painting with itself. Thick, organic, viscous
layers are contrasted with delicate marks, transparent glazes, or
geometric simplicity. While paint builds up, it destroys or limits what
is underneath – creating a push and pull between the past and present,
the pretty and the grotesque.

It is through the physical act of creating that I honor a past experience
but also create a new place – a place that attempts to be familiar but
will always be distant and beyond reality.