"JUMPING OFF THE CLIFF"
The Art of JASON ACKRMAN
2/28/2018 - 3/28/2018
Jason Ackerman primarily grew up between New Jersey and Texas. Throughout life he was always creative in one-way or another from music to writing to drawing and painting. Through addiction, he ended up in Florida where art took over his life through his mentor Dave “The Bastard” Archer. After a series of admittedly self-induced struggles in his life (including drug abuse, jail, and homelessness) art led him on a path of recovery introducing a positive outlet for internal and external reflection.
Jason’s themes combine controversy and idols bringing them down from their pedestals by their most human of elements. The recurring use of tentacles symbolizes the subject’s struggle with demons while mirroring his own. For better or worse, he provokes strong emotion within every viewer on a variety of topics in his unique signature “wet” style. He continually creates art that invites the viewer to think about what’s in the news and it’s common topics.
Jason’s art has progressed into a more political nature over time. In lieu of Facebook, he takes to canvas to speak his mind. Recently highlighted political figures include the Abraham Lincoln, Ghandi, and Mother Teresa.
Jason currently lives in New York City.
I have been a professional tattoo artist for a number of years and have been feeling a compulsion to explore a new means of self-expression. By the first few strokes, I found that painting was the missing key that would free my creativity. This quickly grew into an insatiable desire to create exclusively with acrylic and canvas. By juxtaposing notable historical and religious figures in my paintings, I am leaving the viewer with an uncomfortable image to pick apart individually. I find it fascinating to see the reaction and how it varies from person to person. The paintings typically evoke a feeling of shock and confusion. The plastic appearance of my characters harkens back to the toys of my youth, which provided an escape and refuge in turbulent times. By using white stark highlights i am able to make the subject matter appear softer and less abrasive while giving it a truly creepy undertone. This artificial effect is also used to make people question the validity of the influence that the masses are force fed to idolize. Although the subject matter of my paintings are ever changing the recurring theme throughout them all is the plastic effect. It represents the universal darkness that we all struggle with. The fight between good and evil. Framing is an intricate part of my process. I put just as much work and thought into my framing as my painting. It brings me back to a more classic time when big ornate frames were used to complement and honor beautiful pieces of art. I carefully pick the accent colors and use my frames to help portray the emotion of its chosen piece of work. The painting and the frame work as partners evoking feeling. Basically i get off on making people uncomfortable.