Jason Miracle, Barbarians at the Gates.
October 11 – November 2 Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11th, 6-9pm
From next October 11 to November 2, 2012, artist Jason Miracle is exhibiting in Los Angeles (DAC gallery: 828 S. Main St Los Angeles, CA 90014 t. 213-627-7374). “Barbarians at the Gates” is the title of his first solo in Los Angeles.
Barbarians! I like barbarians. Who are “barbarians”? Why “barbarians”? The origin of the word is Latin. In old Roman Empire, “barbarians” were foreigners, those people who lived beyond the Roman border, outside their “civilized” culture, because the power is always civilized although they crucified or sold children into slavery.
Western contempt for other cultures has been a constant since those times. “We are the best” is our motto and “we have the best artists” is the slogan of Western governments. Silly? Well, maybe. Do artists agree with these ideas? I don’t think so. A true artist is that person walking through a dangerous border, among reason and unconsciousness, among truths and lies…, beyond a concrete time. An artist is always a foreigner, an outsider of “civilized” rules, because an artist questions every established idea.
Jason Miracle’s barbarians are now at our gates. Should we be afraid? It depends. If we are looking for a different better world, maybe we are interested in listening to other cultures, in learning from others, and we should like to thank him.
Primitivism, Folk art, even Visionary art. From the beginning of the 20th century, every great artist has been influenced by African, Asian, Iberian, Native-American… arts, and also by the artistic impulse of authentic people without official studies.
Jason Miracle studied at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and has worked extensively within the graphic design and illustration fields as well as a painter. He is currently Special Projects Manager for the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (a nonprofit organization) where he manages the production of art framing and creating artist canvases. However, he is still looking for deeper truths, for that brilliant point (or is it dark blue?) which makes us humans: an eternal wanderer in search of light. His artwork reflects this search, he is looking for a feedback, he wants to paint his long and large search.
Skulls and teeth, red lava and blue rivers, Picasso’s masks and memories of old comics, Pop icons and Surreal dreams, African rhythms and Asian attention to detail. Where is our Lost Paradise? Where are the Happy Islands? A new complete world is emerging from Jason Miracle’s paintings, a world made of old myths and beliefs, of current dialogues and of future desires. His world is Baroque and full of colors, exaggerated in shapes and humble in topics. We could say he is a Baroque Neo-Pop and a master of artistic techniques. We could say many things but adjectives and established terms don’t suit with his personality. The best thing we can do it’s to see his artwork, silent, and to feel his figures going out of the frame, staying beyond us, being a part of our dreams.
Don’t miss this exhibition!
Jason Miracle is a new old master of truths.
Barbarians At The Gates opens October 11, 2012 at DAC Gallery