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JASON MESSINGER
Chicago, Illinois - United States



, Writ On Water Iv B, Abstract, $1,680
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, Fire Talk, Abstract, Sold

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Artist Statement

Jason Messinger creates ceramic art that straddles the cool allure of pure abstraction and the hot recognition of representation. His art explores the fuzzy borders between representation and abstraction, identity and design, meaning and beauty. Sculptures that are abstract in shape but with a figurative sensibility, and tile murals with symbolic imagery that tease the viewer into becoming complicit in their meaning. The sculptures are solidly present while expressly fluid. They change appearance with the viewers' perspective, transforming in shape and direction. Each face of the work functions like movements of a dance, with unexpected turns. Different perspectives on the work converse with each other, creating a circular narrative of motion and stillness, form and emotion. The artist approaches ceramic tile with a painter's concerns and a sculptor's experience. The idea of abstraction on the edge of identification permeates the work. Images often hint at language, symbol, map, comic strip, or hieroglyph; but only hint, as the symbols remain undefined, transitional. His multi-tile works are modular, allowing any configuration and sequence of the tiles. The murals exhibit a circular narrative, open-ended to interpretation. The viewer becomes complicit in constructing the meaning. Mounting systems allows one to easily change the position of the tiles, and thus reset the 'narrative'. The artist's paintings and drawings on paper in ink, pastel, and watercolor, re-imagine the world into patterns and diagrams of movement and color, light and gesture....

Original Artworks (17)

Jason Messinger; June, 2008, Original Ceramics Other, 16 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241  Hand- built slab- construction ceramic sculpture with multiple glazes. Designed in round.      ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
16 x 22 inches (40.6 x 55.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Waterfall, 2012, Original Ceramics Other, 12 x 61 inches. Artwork description: 241  wall, art, installation, dimensional, abstract, landscape, metallic, pewter, ceramic, tile, bas- relief                ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2012
12 x 61 inches (30.5 x 154.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Undertow, 2012, Original Sculpture Ceramic, 20 x 19 inches. Artwork description: 241  sculpture, dimensional, abstract, figurative, metallic, black, ceramic               ...
Jason Messinger
Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2012
20 x 19 inches (50.8 x 48.3 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Spring Madrigal, 2008, Original Installation Indoor, 50 x 50 inches. Artwork description: 241  Text, letters, calligraphy, green, amber, yellow, language, writing, ceramic, tile, tiles, mural              ...
Jason Messinger
Original Indoor Installation, 2008
50 x 50 inches (127.0 x 127.0 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Writ On Water IV B, 2011, Original Painting Ink, 30 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241      calligraphy, blue, blues, water, language, writing, painting, paper, ink             ...
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2011
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Writ On Water IV, 2010, Original Painting Ink, 30 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- painted in ink and watercolor, on cold- pressed heavy- weight watercolor paper with deckle edge. Unframed.            ...
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Fire Talk, 2010, Original Painting Ink, 30 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- painted in ink and watercolor, on cold- pressed heavy- weight watercolor paper with deckle edge. Unframed.           ...
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Violet Hour, 2010, Original Painting Ink, 30 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- painted in ink and watercolor, on cold- pressed heavy- weight watercolor paper with deckle edge. Unframed.          ...
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Language of Grass, 2010, Original Painting Ink, 30 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- painted in ink and watercolor, on cold- pressed heavy- weight watercolor paper with deckle edge. Unframed.          ...
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Pewter Gears, 2009, Original Ceramics Other, 16 x 32 inches. Artwork description: 241 NEW COMMISSIONS ACCEPTED pewter, gears, technology, ceramic, tile, tile mural, tiles, bas- relief, bas relief, ceramics, tiles        ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2009
16 x 32 inches (40.6 x 81.3 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Hive II, 2007, Original Ceramics Other, 18 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- built and carved slab- construction ceramic sculpture hand- painted in multiple glazes. Designed in round.       ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2007
18 x 13 inches (45.7 x 33.0 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Shift, 2008, Original Ceramics Other, 18 x 27 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- built slab- construction ceramic sculpture with metallic glaze. Designed in round.       ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
18 x 27 inches (45.7 x 68.6 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Keeping Score, 2008, Original Ceramics Other, 68 x 56 inches. Artwork description: 241  black, white, mural, ceramic, tile, tiles, ceramic art,      ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
68 x 56 inches (172.7 x 142.2 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Sands Shift, 2009, Original Ceramics Other, 68 x 44 inches. Artwork description: 241   Modular work can be arranged in any sequence or configuration. Comes with hidden floating wooden backer frame and wall cleats.  ...
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2009
68 x 44 inches (172.7 x 111.8 cm)
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Jason Messinger; Fame, 2004, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 24 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hand- built slab- construction ceramic sculpture with metallic glaze. Designed in round. ...
Jason Messinger
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2004
24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
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Jason Messinger; SYMPATHIES, 2008, Original Ceramics Other, 108 x 60 inches. Artwork description: 241 COMMISSIONS ACCEPTED. Composed of 28 12x12 hand- carved ceramic tiles with pewter glaze on wood floating hidden frames....
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
108 x 60 inches (274.3 x 152.4 cm)
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Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
56 x 68 inches (142.2 x 172.7 cm)
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