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JASON MESSINGER
Chicago, Illinois - United States


, June, Abstract Figurative, $10,395
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, Waterfall, Abstract Landscape, $3,675
, Undertow, Figurative, $6,510
, Writ On Water Iv B, Abstract, $1,680
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, Writ On Water Iv, Abstract, Sold
, 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, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{June-1365826587.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
16 x 22 x 13 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Waterfall-1365826029.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2012
12 x 61 x 1 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Sculpture Ceramic, size_width{Undertow-1365825655.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Ceramic Sculpture, 2012
20 x 19 x 10 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Installation Indoor, size_width{Spring_Madrigal-1354565334.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Indoor Installation, 2008
50 x 50 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Painting Ink, size_width{Writ_On_Water_IV_B-1322749315.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2011
30 x 22 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Painting Ink, size_width{Writ_On_Water_IV-1305296931.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Sold
Jason Messinger, , , Original Painting Ink, size_width{Fire_Talk-1402968278.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Sold
Jason Messinger, , , Original Painting Ink, size_width{Violet_Hour-1305296772.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Painting Ink, size_width{Language_of_Grass-1305296621.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Ink Painting, 2010
30 x 22 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Pewter_Gears-1305296333.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2009
16 x 32 x 2 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Sold
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Hive_II-1305295910.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2007
18 x 13 x 13 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Shift-1305295172.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
18 x 27 x 16 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Keeping_Score-1305294778.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
68 x 56 x 2 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Sold
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Sands_Shift-1265558678.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2009
68 x 44 x 2 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Handbuilt, size_width{Fame-1213888985.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2004
24 x 20 x 11 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{SYMPATHIES-1213888594.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
108 x 60 x 1.5 inches (W x H x D)
United States
Sold
Jason Messinger, , , Original Ceramics Other, size_width{Urabn_Sentinels-1213887451.jpg} X
Jason Messinger
Original Other Ceramics, 2008
56 x 68 x 1.5 inches (W x H x D)
United States