May 7th 2022

Javier Jasso: High Cube Wide Turn

@ Ignition project space

3839 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60651

Opening Saturday, May 7th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, May 28th

Javier Jasso
High Cube Wide Turn

High Cube Wide Turn is an exhibition that consists of memories turned into sculptures from images of the neighborhood Back of the Yards. The artist is trying to produce meaning through material as an act of associating his surroundings. Materials such as tiles, bricks and wood, were collected from alleys, front yards, empty lots and abandoned houses, locating ideas of memorialization and architecture within the real.

In an effort to engage the notion of “domestic” and the paradox of stability, Jasso brings three co-existing realities that he has experienced in
his neighborhood, domestic (home), the unstable environment of displacement and homelessness, events he has witnessed year after year.

Javier Jasso is an artist born in Chicago and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. He lives and works on the Southside of Chicago, Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Javier is a metaphorical and literal builder. Many of the materials he uses come from recycled sources such as metal, plaster, plastic concrete and wood, Through sculptures and installations, he challenges, and doubts our assumptions of space, and place. He uses these materials because they produce an entry point into questions around foundation for protective structures in global society, nomadism, ideas of selfhood, origin, home and displacement. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from The University of Illinois of Chicago. He was a fellow at the DFI where he was awarded $12,000. Javier’s exhibitions include Evanston Art Center, Humboldt Park Vocational Center, McLean County Art Center, Gallery 400, University Club Chicago, and the Sullivan Gallery. He is currently teaching Ceramics at the University of St. Francis, Joliet.


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