At first glance the artwork of San Francisco-based artist Jason Jägel looks jumbled, chaotic, and almost intimidating in the way that they dare you to look deeper. Which makes his work, to me at least, a perfect reflection of the complexities of society in this Twenty-first Century, with it’s information overload and layers upon layers of 24/7 news, images, sensations and feelings. Like life in these ultra-modern times, there’s a lot going on here, almost too much to comprehend at first. As such, the viewer is rewarded with repeated, closer inspection of his work.
Working mostly in gouache, ink and pencil on paper, his comic book influences are evident. In his words, “Employing the syntax of comics and the language of painting, I seek the creation of open-ended signs: where my imagination response is multiple, slippery and perpetually in motion.”
Layered, complex, humorous, daunting but ultimately engaging and thought-provoking, ladies and gentlemen, here’s the multi-layered art of Jason Jägel.