News for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Art Exhibit—Thread, Paintings by Jason Salazar

Art Exhibit, SAR Administration Hallway

August 1, 2013–January 1, 2014, 10:00 am–4:00 pm weekdays

‟Thread”‟Thread”Oil on canvas, 3’ x 3 ½’, painting by Jason Salazar
‟Weight”‟Weight”Oil on canvas, 3’ x 3 ½’, painting by Jason Salazar
Jason SalazarJason SalazarPhotograph by Jason S. Ordaz
Jason Salazar

On the surface, inspiration for Thread was drawn from the musings of a four-year old girl, the forgotten ballad of a heavy-metal band, and the need to create paintings, but there is more to it than that. Salazar’s use of animals symbolizes power, innocence, strength, and vulnerability, connecting the paradoxes of human existence with a stroke of mystery. The work is very personal and reflects an exploration of conflicted emotion. Depicting weight and lightness at the same time, the paintings start out tight and dissolve into a necessary—often messy—looseness.

About the Artist

Jason Salazar is a painter influenced by the magical use of light mastered by Rembrandt and the curious content of Neo Rauch. Since 1986, that strong, self-conscious juxtaposition of light, shade, and subject results in a stunning visual effect present in all of Salazar’s work. He is of Chicano and Mescalero Apache descent. Salazar’s mother was born in El Paso, Texas, and his father is from Carrizozo, New Mexico. His parents met in Los Angeles, California, in the 1960s. Salazar was raised in San Bernardino County—the sprawling “Inland Empire”—a sweltering land of orange grooves, strip malls, and suburban neighborhoods.

His exposure to fine art in his youth led Salazar to pursue painting. As an adult, in the midst of a long tenure of living and painting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Salazar spent eight years living in New York City, painting in the decrepit basement of a beautiful Brooklyn brownstone. His paintings layer these two unique environments seamlessly, showing a connection to both the frenetic texture and movement of the city and the natural beauty of a quiet landscape.

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