Living in the Hudson Valley, the natural world surrounds the artist and forever inspires his work. Middlebrook has long been interested in man’s complex and often adversarial relationship with nature. The colorful, straight lines and precise angles of his paintings lay over the historical, organic rings of the tree and create a juxtaposition that highlights the tension between man and nature. “My work is broken into two parts. The first is a skin that I lay over the top of nature, somewhat like a sidewalk or a parking lot. The skin is just visiting, it’s covering but respecting the borders it has been given. The borders in my case are the shapes of trees, the trunks and limbs are what I choose to make paintings on, the paintings become the skin. I respond to the compression of time and the organic shape that has grown. I respond to the order of the tree and the form that it became. The second aspect of my work is my reaction and interpretation of nature. In all cases the grain and the shape of wood dictate the direction of the painting which always starts with multiple drawings.”
Jason Middlebrook lives and works in Hudson, New York.
JASON MIDDLEBROOK: AT THE END OF THE DAY
Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 2019 from 6pm – 9pm
501 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107