Issue 5: Jason Brammer
Binding the Boundless
Acrylic, Plaster, Antique Hardware, Salvaged Leather, Metal, Wood & Panel.
Size: (H x W x D) 311/2" x 63 3/4" x 2"
Time Machine LXXVI
Acrylic, Encaustic, Plaster, Antique Hardware, Vintage Rulers, Salvaged Molding, Recycled Leather, Wood & Panel.
Size: (H x W x D) 41 1/4" x 40 1/2" x 6"
Chained to the Future
Acrylic, Plaster, Antique Hardware, Salvaged Wood, Recycled Leather, Wood & Metal.
Size: (H x W x D) 26" x 62" x 6 1/4"
About The Artist
Jason Brammer is a visual artist, painter, and muralist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, Brammer creates a unique melding of paint with sculptural elements, such as antique parts, reclaimed wood, and salvaged materials he finds in the alleys by his studio. Experimenting with illusionism, he often paints flat, 2-dimensional imagery to look folded or otherwise 3-dimensional, creating an illusion of space and depth, and then further "fools the eye" by integrating real objects. Brammer makes some pieces to look like old, found artifacts or “machines” and he strives to evoke the feeling of glimpsing into another dimension or time. Some of his recent work has also been influenced by meditative traditions and Eastern spiritual images, such as Japanese screens and Tibetan mandalas.
Jason's art has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including recent solo exhibits at artist Tony Fitzpatrick’s gallery, Firecat Projects, in Chicago and at the Harrison Center For The Arts in Indianapolis. In addition, he has appeared in many publications, such as the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, the Chicago Sun Times, the Indianapolis Star, and Chicago Art Magazine. His work can be found in private collections across the United States and Canada, and was recently acquired by the Rockford Art Museum (in Rockford, IL) and the Zhou B Art Center (in Chicago) for their permanent collections. When not making his own independent art, Jason also enjoys doing commissioned murals, installations, album art, and other custom projects. Recent commissioned pieces include a large-scale public mural for the city of Chicago, an installation for social networking company LinkedIn, and concert posters for the bands My Morning Jacket as well as Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy.
Jason was born in 1974 in Lancaster, Ohio and grew up primarily in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has painted and drawn since childhood, and has been a professional, working artist for over ten years. He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, but his current work evolved mainly from years of independent practice and experimentation. Jason currently resides in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood and has a private storefront studio in Humboldt Park, which is filled with ever-changing piles of rusted chains, antique pulleys, vintage gauges, and other found treasures that inspire his work.
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