Gallery Update: Jason Mathis Opening Reception July 10

July 8, 2014

Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Jason Mathis: Understanding The Understood

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10, 4 – 6 pm

Understanding The Understood is about the intersection, or as the artist Jason Mathis calls it, “the gutters” between audience and art object that accept, reject or elicit an idea. The intent of this exhibition, according to Mathis, is to place his viewer somewhere between observer and participant to understand how the gallery can be a site of action and interpretation. The exhibition combines silkscreen, comics and traditional painting. The work below, “Gallery” is an excerpt from a larger body of work entitled “Gallery Series” that combine traditional subject matter (landscapes, still life) with a superimposed silkscreen image of a viewer. Each figure is portrayed standing still, carefully studying each object as one would in a gallery or museum setting. When Mathis silkscreens directly on an image of a work of art inside his compositions, he questions how we, as audience, study an object as art, and draws attention to the perceived “norms” of gallery etiquette.

                              Jason Mathis, Gallery, acrylic on canvas

Jason Mathis is a Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Scotland. Awarded his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, he is now the Course Leader and Lecturer for GSA’s International Foundation program. An active member of the Hope Street Studios – a prominent community of graphic and comic artists in Glasgow – Jason’s work has been shown in the UK, Germany, Canada and the US, and his self published ‘zine ‘All You Can Eat’ has managed to find itself in pockets all across the globe

*In addition, Summer Artist in Residence Nathan Miner will be giving an Artist Talk in the Montserrat Gallery on his exhibition The Long Now on Thursday, July 10th at 4:30 pm. Learn more here:

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