Artist Interview: Mixed Media Artist Greg Jaskot

Heart and Hearth ©2014 Greg Jaskot On Exhibit at JAM Gallery-18″x 24″ Mixed Media (encaustics, oils, spray stencils, gel medium transfers, collaged materials, and found objects) on ply

Greg Jaskot is a mixed media artist who also exhibits at JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA. I met him at one of their exhibition receptions last year. His work uses graffiti stencil techniques and collage with found objects. I was drawn to the graphic quality in his work and you know I love the whole idea of doing something because others told you not to…

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How did you get started in your craft? (using your media)

I think it was a mixture of naturally growing up wanting to make things and a bunch of art teachers telling me I couldn’t do one thing or another. I remember having a scrap end of a 4×4 and a yellow tack hammer. Whenever my father would work on the house I would drag that piece of wood in the general vicinity and proceed to pound copious amounts of nails into it. I think I was trying to assist him and do my part in the building of a fence or repair of a door frame. I remember taking pride in these achievements as I envied my father as all young boys do in some way. Eventually I grew older and I learned the skills that my father possessed. I still take pride in being able to design my own stretchers and painting surfaces.

Bird Blue ©2014 Greg Jaskot (Sold)- 16″x 30″ Mixed media (oils, collaged materials, spray stencils) on ply

Eventually I ended up in art school ( even though my high school art teacher instructed me not to…) and I began learning new sets of skills. At first I learned each medium as a separate technique and kept them separate. As I grew as an artist I began to feel inhibited by sticking to just one media. I felt that if I could incorporate more techniques and media into my art making and be able to transition from one to another as I went, I would be able to create work that was diverse and capable of encompassing the message that I was grasping for. If I were to make an analogy for this I would say it’s like a musician with the ability to play more than one instrument. I guess I’m still evolving and adding things to my repertoire. I think this is something that keeps me in the studio and ideally it will never stop.

What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?

Recently I was exhibiting work at JAM gallery and another artist, Bob Hakun, said that my work reminded him of Joseph Cornell. I considered this a tremendous compliment because I admire Bob’s work greatly. I was already aware of Cornell’s work but the thought stuck with me and I began doing more research into his history. I liked the idea of creating cabinet like spaces in the work and drawers. I’m currently working on the first boxed section to be attached to one of my paintings. It actually consumed a huge amount of time this weekend and I’m pleased with the results so far.

Sine ©2014 Greg Jaskot $280- 12"x 24" Mixed Media (encaustics, oils, spray stencils) on ply
Sine ©2014 Greg Jaskot $280- 12″x 24″ Mixed Media (encaustics, oils, spray stencils) on ply

Who are your favorite artists in your field?

In no particular order… Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Piet Mondrian, Squeak Carnwath, and Kathe Kollwitz. I don’t know if any of them are in my field but I always get something when I look at their work.

What is your favorite piece of art or fine craft that you own?

I have a wooden box that my aunt gave to me. It’s made from several pieces of wood laminated together ( ebony in between two pieces of blond burl wood I think.). It’s beautiful and I keep things of immense value in it. My aunt was very supportive of my artistic development and it reminds me of her.

You can find Greg’s work online at GregJaskot.com and in JAM Gallery’s Spring Eco Arts Exhibition in Malvern, PA through the end of April.

All Across PA: Now at the PA Guild of Craftsmen

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Ngaru along with pieces by Linda Schwartz, Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis, and Michael McIntyre
Ngaru along with pieces by Linda Schwartz, Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis, and Michael McIntyre

As you know, Ngaru is in the PA Guild of Craftmen‘s All Across Pennsylvania show. This exhibition celebrates the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s chapters and their affiliated members, representing work from all 14 of our local chapters.There is an interesting and eclectic mix of work on display. From photos to tabletop landscapes to jewelry, you can see the breadth of work that the Guild’s members create.

Want to meet some of the participating artists? There will be a First Friday reception April 4th from 5 – 9 pm.

Gator From the Keys by John Sokolovich - This is made from welded car keys!
Gator From the Keys by John Sokolovich – This is made from welded car keys!
Work by Al Fox and Patricia Mahoney who were at the opening in March
Work by Al Fox and Patricia Mahoney who were at the opening in March
Blue Wave by Robin Flynn who was also at the opening and silicone and aluminum necklace by Karen Goeller
Blue Wave by Robin Flynn who was also at the opening and silicone and aluminum necklace by Karen Goeller
Embroidery piece by Joanne Bast - You can only tell this is thread when you get close
Embroidery piece by Joanne Bast – You can only tell this is thread when you get close

Exhibition runs through April 26th, 2014

PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft
335 N. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-431-8706
www.pacrafts.org

A Fine Art Exhibition That’s All About Process

Watercolor Installation at Exhibition

You may remember last week my rambling about some people thinking that craft was about process and fine art about the end result. Yesterday I went to an exhibition of Paul Manlove’s work at Marietta Art House in Lancaster County where he also gave a talk. His work totally disproves this theory. It is ALL about process.

The exhibition contains drawings, watercolors, and prints showcasing a style that’s seems more sketch-like than the tight and polished look that many watercolorists (around here) use. In the margins and sometimes within the main piece you can see his color tests, original pencil marks, and words that may or may not have a narrative bent to them. It’s fresh and raw with themes drawing heavily from nature (particularly roots and rocks – my favorites.)

Watercolor by Paul Manlove

It was really refreshing to see this sort of exhibition in Lancaster County. The talk was also interesting because you got to hear even more about his process, where he was going with this series of work that seemed to have gripped him, wrestled with him, and then left him there to move on somewhere else. He briefly spoke of his newer work (and I saw some of it on his website) and it is much less frenetic.

I liked a lot of the aspects of this exhibition and I think that it is worth a visit even if you’ve missed his talk. I just thought the timing was awfully interesting since he was so focused on his process and I just posted about that. Must be something in the air…

The exhibition will be up at the Marietta Art House until March 25th.