Jason Brammer is a visual artist 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 painted imagery with sculptural elements, such as antique parts, reclaimed wood, and salvaged materials he finds in the alleys by his studio. Described as a “magician with paint”, he experiments with illusionism and trompe l’oeil. Painting flat, 2-dimensional imagery to look folded, photographic, or otherwise 3-dimensional, Brammer then further “fools the eye” by seamlessly integrating real objects and layering paint and plaster on wood surfaces to replicate the look of aged, weathered metal. He enjoys making pieces that look like found artifacts, deteriorating archived relics, or antique “machines”, and strives to capture the feeling of glimpsing into another dimension or time.
Objects of antiquity have fascinated me since childhood and I am consistently drawn to relics that show how time has weathered them over the years. Rusting surfaces, water damage, and oxidized brass all play a part in creating a nautical feeling from a bygone era that I aim to capture in this body of work. I am also interested in evoking a timeless nostalgia that you can’t quite put your finger on, but gives you the distinct sense that you are observing an artifact from another time or place. My latest works plunge us below sea level through the eyes of a cartographer from an indeterminate era. This map maker’s archaic visions of oceanic beasts and living portals writhing with tentacled creatures seem to be salvaged from a sunken sea vessel, hundreds of years ago. Now, these vestiges are archived under museum glass in order to preserve them for future generations. Ruminating on bestiaries, medieval manuscripts, and antique hand-drawn maps, I’ve created a series of paintings and drawings exploring humankind’s quest to explain the unexplainable as we dive “Into the Deep”………
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, June 7