Jason Jagel – Seventy-Three Funshine
This delightful, large-format monograph by contemporary artist Jason Jagel (featured in the exhibition With Hidden Noise, Curated by Phil Sanders, David Krut Projects, New York, 2009) features over 200 images from Jagel’s career spanning childhood sketches and family snapshots, but largely focusing on his current practice, his sometimes loose, sometimes tight, narrative paintings and works on paper. Hip-hop influences, family life, and the humming buzz of the streets are often found in a single work. Jagel’s work has been increasingly influenced by the musicÂ Â he listens to; this connection has been strengthened by his record cover design for LA-based label Stones Throw. One of Stones Throw’s major artists, Madlib, has three tracks that appear on a companion 10-inch vinyl record, an unexpected feature included in this artists book.
My practice includes collecting memories and events in fictional autobiographical form, using drawing and painting on paper. Employing text, shape, color and imagery I construct informal narrative pathways with no beginning, middle or end. I want to feel these stories always in motion, still happening now. http://www.jasonjagel.com/