JASON JÄGEL


Jason Jägel est un peintre, enseignant et muraliste pour des commandes publiques, né en 1971 à Boston et vivant à San Francisco.Il sort diplômé de Stanford en 2002. Son travail utilise la structure des bandes dessinées pour évoquer des mondes fictifs où tout peut arriver à tout moment, tout comme dans la vie quotidienne.Au début des années 2000, il se fait connaître du grand public et des fans de Hip Hop via les pochettes d’albums qu’il illustre pour MF Doom, Madlib, ou Dudley Perkins. Jägel aime d’ailleurs parler de son travail dans des termes musicaux : rythme, vibration, instrumentalité. Jägel a réalisé à ce jour 9 commandes publiques de peintures murales à San Francisco, s’insérant toutes dans le contexte de transformation de quartiers, par des projets innovants à grande échelle. Sa prochaine commande est une mosaïque de 4 x 10 mètres qui sera installée à l’aéroport international de San Francisco cette année 2019. Ses peintures murales mettent en scène de façon très colorée le bouillonnement de la vie en milieu urbain. Dans ses oeuvres, des citadins côtoient des animaux au sein d’un monde où la nature se superpose aux architectures.
Ses fresques rappellent son travail d’atelier, souvent réalisé à la gouache et au crayon sur papier. Jägel souhaite avant tout raconter une histoire, une narration. Les formes sont peintes sans artifices, avec des aplats de couleurs pastel, tandis qu’il parsème le reste de sa composition de dessins épurés. Il utilise de nombreuses teintes dans chacune de ses compositions en jouant très peu sur les contrastes, ainsi ses peintures restent lisibles malgré l’agitation qui les anime.
Les influences que Jason Jägel convoque dans son travail sont assez éclectiques, allant du peintre Philip Guston, de l’artiste Bruce Conner, au dessinateur Chris Ware, au musicien Dudley Perkins, à l’écrivain Haruki Murakami, ou encore au réalisateur Hayao Miyazaki. Il tient aussi ses racines artistiques de sa famille : son père, John Jägel, était peintre et élève du peintre abstrait Josef Alberst. L’un des points communs des Jägel père et fils est l’accent mis sur la couleur.
Les oeuvres de Jason Jägel font partie des collections de plusieurs musées, dont le Museum of Modern Art à New York, le San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ou le Hammer Museum à Los Angeles. Sa précédente exposition à Paris, “The Bitter End”, remonte à 2013.

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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City (2 oeuvres)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco (1 oeuvre)
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

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RESIDENCIES & PUBLIC PROJECTS

2005
RES Torcito Residency Program, Provence of Lecce. Cannole, Italy
2003
Market St. Kiosk Poster Series, SF Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
Trillium Fund Fellowship. Trillium Press, Brisbane, CA
2001
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, San Francisco Foundation, SF, CA
1998
Exusiai, Akira Kasai. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, CA
1994
Robert Rahls Merit Award. California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

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SOLO SHOWS
2010
(I’ll Fly) into Your Heart, Fifty24SF, San Francisco, CA
2009
Fate In A Pleasant Mood, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Free Time, Galleria Della Pina, Pietrasanta, Italy
Gramophone Rainbow, AMT / Alberto Matteo Torri, Milan, Italy
2008
Seventy-Three Funshine, Electric Works, San Francisco, CA
(Like Life, But a) Simplified Version, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Paper Recording, Plane Space, Swab Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain
2007
Paper Record, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
One Thing About Music, Plane Space, New York, NY
Flesh Of My Skin, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA
2006
Flesh Of My Skin, Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
2005
P’s & Q’s, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Peripheral Listens, Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
2003
Funny, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2002
Even though the flowers bloom, scopeMiami, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami, FL
2001
Boo Ya! Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998
Juvenile Theoretics , Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

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GROUP SHOWS
2010
Hand Over Fist, RVCA, San Francisco, CA
Paper! Awesome!, Baer-Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
2009
Trace Elements, SF Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
With Hidden Noise, David Krut Projects, New York, NY
Neither Up Nor Down, 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA
Saturday@Phillips, Phillips de Pury, New York, NY
2008
Kick Out The Jams, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Civil Twilight, Electric Works, San Francisco, CA
Gangbusters, Plane Space, New York, NY
Scene\Seen: Recent Acquisitions from the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Permanent Collection, 1979-2006, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
2007
“Don’t Look” Contemporary Drawings from an Alumna’s Collection (Martina Yamin, class of 1958), The Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Bananas!!!, 94 Prince Street, New York, NY
Paper Trails- New Adventures in Drawing, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2006
Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton, New Langton Arts, SF, CA
Claw Your Face Off, Plane Space, New York, NY
2005
Paper Pushers, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis
Project Room, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR
SPRAWL, Haley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Trillium Press, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
Comic Release, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
San Francisco, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Comics Stripped, Off the Preserve! a project of The di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
2003
Comic Release, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA; Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, LA
2002
Straight to Hell, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Drawing Show, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Oakland, CA
Group Exhibition, Green-Naftali, New York, NY
Kaboom!, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Eureka: New Art from the Bay Area, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2000
Eureka Fellowship Exhibition, San Jose Museum of Art & The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Looking Towards the Future, SF MOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997
Tweakville, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1996
Bay Area Awards Show, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

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CATALOGUES
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Catalog Raisonné, Christian Rattemeyer. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 2009
Seventy-Three Funshine (Large format monograph accompanied by 10” vinyl record with tracks by Yesterday’s New Quintet-a.k.a. Madlib) Electric Works, SF 2008
Howl, Crown Publishing, New York, NY 2007
The Art of Buying Art (Cover image), Paige West, Harper Collins 2007
“Don’t Look,” Martina Yamin Collection (Exhibition catalog), Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA 2007
How We Talk, (Cover Image and interior drawings) poems by Renny Pritikin. The Collective Foundation POD Press, San Francisco, CA 2007
Paper Trail (Exhibition catalog), EFA Gallery, New York, NY 2006
Akitip, issue #37, Hollywood, CA November, 2006
Paper Pushers (exhibition catalog), Nelson Gallery, University of California Davis, CA 2005
Broken Wrist Project – #1. Broken Wrist Project, Inc. 2002
Harvest Futurefarmers.1995-2002 Systems Design Limited, Hong Kong 2002
Comic Release (Exhibition catalog), Distributed Art Publishers, New York, NY 2003
Eureka Fellowship Awards 1999 – 2001 (Exhibition catalog), San Jose Museum of Art,
New American Painting, “2000 Western States Competition,” Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA 2000
Bay Area Now , (Exhibition Catalog) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, CA 2000

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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Juxtapoz, interview, Los Angeles, CA, January 2010
SHOOK, interview, London, England, Issue 5 summer 2009
Beautiful Decay, interview, beautifuldecay.com, March 2009
Spray, interview, Elisabeth Gomis. Paris, France, December 2008
The Wire, Inner Sleeve, Jason Jägel. London, UK, October 2008
Artforum, Critics Picks, Glen Helfand. Artforum.com, October 2008
Sketchypad, Interview, Mike Lin. sketchypad.com, September 2008
Saatchi Gallery online magazine, Jason Jägel’s ‘One Thing About Music’ at Plane Space, New York, Lupe Nunez-Fernadez, June 2007
Artweek, (Cover image and review) Abraham Orden. Palo Alto, CA, April 2005
Opulent, (Interview), Melbourne, Australia, July 2005
San Jose Mercury News , “Eureka Fellowship… a beacon for upcoming talent,” Jack Fischer, 14 Jan., 2001
Artweek , “Preview: Juvenile Theoretics,” Stephen Jenkins, July/August 1998
SF Chronicle, “Jason Jagel in Mill Valley,” Kenneth Baker, July 23, 1998
SF Chronicle, “Quick Draw Artists & Tender Hearts,” Kenneth Baker, June 13, 1997
SF Examiner, “The Young at Art,” David Bonetti, June 18,1998

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