Jason A. Cina

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Artwork
Slab 1 of 8 2011: Carved and Painted Wood Panel: 43.5" x 56" x 2"
Slab 2 of 8 2012: Carved and Painted Wood Panel: 43.5" x 56" x 2"
Slab 6 of 8 2013: Carved and Painted Wood Panel: 43.5" x 56" x 2"
Slab 8 of 8 2013: Carved and Painted Wood Panel: 43.5" x 56" x 2"
Slab 9 of 8 2014: Carved and Painted Wood Panel: 43.5" x 56" x 2"
Jason A.
Cina
Artist's Statement

http://www.JasonACina.com

As a painter I have always worked unwittingly opposite to my crisp photographic point of view resulting in reactionary arrays of color and reliance on rudimentary forms. The current series is a deviation from controlled rigidity to a free flowing and spontaneously composed arrangement of circles and lines form fittingly organized by the laws of nature. The physical process starts with found materials in less than pristine condition which in itself defines many parameters of the work. Construction begins with lines of varying width randomly gouged out of the wood in what seem to resemble vein like forms (in later pieces this step was inverted). The hallowed space is then refilled with hardened materials which too are eroded and painted. The remaining surface shapes are painted, masked in similar form and repainted several times over revealing nuanced layers of color confined to their designated boundaries

Bio/Resume

I grew up on Roosevelt Island and currently reside in Queens. I studied the visual arts throughout my childhood and went on to major in stage design. Shortly before dropping out of grad school I had returned to my roots in photography and painting and altered my path. I hocked my trade by lighting and painting scenery and toured nationally with actors and jazz musicians taking advantage of those opportunities to refine my aesthetic. The past decade I have worked as a teaching artist throughout the city. In 2006 I founded the photography program at the Harlem Children’s Zone triggering further immersion into portraiture whereas the past six years I ran an art program for adults with developmental disabilities during the course of which I realized there were many shared visual commonalities as well as restrictions. That discovery transformed my own work thus producing a 3 year series of mixed media paintings.