july through august
Featuring the “Eyes Got It” Winner
During the 2012 East Austin Studio Tour, Salvador Castillo brought back the 3rd annual “Eyes Got It!” competition. Riffing on the ever-increasing number of reality television creative competition shows, this Austin-spun event featured a panel of local arts professionals offering critiques of artists’ work in front of a live audience. After three rounds of increasingly tougher critiques, a winner was announced and Jason Webb was awarded a solo exhibition at grayDUCK. We are proud to feature Jason Webb and his highly detailed acrylic paintings in his first solo show.
Bulk Collection is a confluence of two distinct series of paintings; One I've entitled ‘Discard Piles’ and the other simply, ‘Collections’.
‘Discard Piles’ is a series of paintings which take as their subject matter piles of bulky trash kicked to the curb for city collection and disposal. These found assemblages only exist for one day; piled high on Sundays, and hauled away on Mondays. I spend my
Sundays driving through unfamiliar neighborhoods, photographing the once private, now publicly expended possessions of strangers. From those photographs, I studiously paint select piles isolated against clean, white backgrounds. Individually, every pile is a unique glob of colors, shapes, and textures; organized or disorganized based on the unknowable whims or personality of their former owner. When viewed as a series, the piles present anthropological findings. Patterns emerge, with certain objects undeniably common: cheap plastic toddler toys, rotting lumber, leaky garden hoses, old mattresses, stained rugs, and unsalvageable furniture. Other objects are noticeably absent: appliances, grills, lawn mowers; basically anything with a motor or made of metal. On collection days, I see these absent objects stacked high, skating past in a flurry of rattling trailers towed by distressed pickup trucks. Fundamentally, this series is concerned with impermanence and the careful examination of possessions exhausted of their value.
‘Collections’ is a series of paintings which take as their subject matter sets of objects accumulated and cherished by an individual. With this series, I intend to explore passion, and objects which have meaning in someone’s life. I begin by seeking out collections through friends and acquaintances, and documenting them in a studio photography tradition. While photographing, I have the opportunity to discuss the history of the collection with the collector. I listen to stories associated with specific items; I discover what matters to this person, their taste, and their favorite things. From those photographs, I paint the collection evenly allocated across a white background, isolated from visual context. Inherent to being a collection, the pieces relate to one another. They share colors, shapes, materials and exhibit variations of common features. This series is a departure from, or counterpoint to past series which celebrated valueless things. Here, I examine possessions which have intense personal value.