Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Featured Artist: Jason Hsu

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Please tell us a bit about you.

My name is Jason Hsu. I took two years of Fine Arts at Umass Amherst. I then took three years off from school and went back to Umass to finish with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Materials and Wood Tech. Currently I live and work in Philadelphia, PA.


Artists Matt Leines and Jason Hsu with The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study's Lauren van Haaften-Schick. Image courtesy of Jason Hsu.

My work recently has been pretty all over the place, but the last thing I did was a collaborative show with a friend Chris Kline in Philadelphia called Paper Crystals.


Image courtesy of Jason Hsu.

Please tell us more about Paper Crystals

Paper Crystals
is a show of 3D cardboard sculptures consisting of various characters and objects ranging from 2' - 10' tall. In a period of 6 months we made over 30 different characters and objects made up of over 60 pieces in all. We wanted to create a show that was free-form, fun, and large.


Image courtesy of Jason Hsu.


Image courtesy of Jason Hsu.


Image courtesy of Jason Hsu.

How does it all start, what techniques do you use?

The idea for the show started from a group project Chris and I had worked on together at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. Space 1026 is an art collective, studio, and gallery - and sometimes we all work together on group projects.

For one particular event I had built a 10 foot tall robot out of cardboard and then the other members painted each piece of the figure and the entire thing was assembled at the event.

We all had a lot of fun doing the project and Chris in particular was really interested in continuing the same process so we decided to put this show together.


Image courtesy of Jason Hsu.

What's the inspiration behind this collaborative show?

The main inspiration came from the material when we realized we could get as much cardboard as we needed right off the street and we could make really large characters and objects.

Our basic work flow during the 6 months was gather cardboard, then sit down, sketch out ideas, and come up with a check list of characters and objects.

Then I would make them out of cardboard and Chris would paint them, even the paint was leftover house paint that was collected in the studios.

We were real excited about the concept for the forms, we realized we could do basic extruded shapes and then stack them to make more complicated characters, that way we could come up with wild ideas but the pieces would be basic and easy to build.

Also, because the shapes were stackable we could mix and match the pieces and play with the arrangement when we went to install.



For more information and images of the show visit: http://www.fecalface.com/SF/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1407&Itemid=90

What projects are you working on?

Currently I am working on a zine project with another member at the studios, Mark Price. He is starting a zine of the month club and I will be contributing for the month of June. Please checkout www.markpriceisafactory.com for more info.

Also check out www.store1026.com an online store for members, all purchases go directly to the artists and to help supporting the space.

Contact information
Please visit my website www.imagebaker.com. I also take photos: www.flickr.com/photos/ninjadick/ Paper Crystals Animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ladfum_S4hs


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