Aviary, 2014
Guggenheim Atrium
Dimensions Variable
 

JASON HACKENWERTH

My approach is a traditional studio practice of exploring the potency of a material in a state perceivable as both extraordinary and simple. Experiments with latex balloons as a medium for artistic expression have evolved into massive forms akin to painting in the spontaneity with which they manifest yet rooted in the language of sculpture. Techniques I developed, allow me to interconnect thousands of balloons into ridged and complex forms that when suspended, seem to defy gravity. Translucency, movement, and illumination, are some of the unique and mesmerizing qualities of latex balloons. The fugitive nature of these works serves to remind us of the temporality of all things and may be termed Experiential. The unique and ephemeral works I make are a new contribution to the evolving language of art and can be considered a metaphor for our own lives as common materials in a state of grace.

About Jason Hackenwerth

Jason Hackenwerth makes large transformational works from common materials. Known primarily for ephemeral sculptures with latex balloons, he has installed his art in museums around the world, including The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of Scotland, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He has a BFA in printmaking from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, and an MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Selected press includes, Art Desk Magazine, Creative Review UK, American Craft, Design Journal, Art In America, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, and the London Metro. Jason is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc grant recipient. He currently lives and works in St. Petersburg FL.