HOME IS WHERE I AM: JAVIER JASSO

June 2-30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 5-8PM

Javier Jasso’s mixed media sculpture uses personal experience and research to address the social and cultural issues in searching and finding a place to call “home”. Metal, plaster, plastic and wood, which provide the foundation for protective structures, are turned into art installations that express an importance of family and home. 

Artist Statement

I was born in Chicago, but raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. My family and I moved numerous times while living in Mexico, mostly because we could not afford a place to live. Throughout all this time, I can recall 24 houses and 7 elementary schools. Although it was hard to constantly move, we always managed to overcome these situations. My family and I came back to Chicago almost twelve years ago. The importance of home, space and movement are the basis for my work.  

Using my personal experience along with research, my current work addresses my perception of how humans respond to their surroundings as well as to the social and cultural issues relating to the natural inclination of searching and finding a place to call “home”. Through sculptures and installations, I challenge, and doubt our assumptions of space, home, and displacement, opposing and manifesting an opinion on how not only a specific individual, but also a large number of people faces the problem of having a place to call “home.” Many of the materials I use for my work come from recycled sources such as metal, plaster, plastic concrete and wood. I use these materials because they produce a foundation for protective structures. These objects are juxtaposed, moved around, resonating a need to build quick structures that resemble shelters, houses and architecture in general. Combing simple gestures within my processes allows me to create thought provoking installations and sculptures. The body plays an important role in my work. Traditionally, the body was often used to explore allegory, beauty and sexuality, but the human body -as a symbol and resource- is central to how I understand facets of identity. These facets allow me to connect the human body with the cultural issues such as displacement and homelessness. These actions are portrayed through differed media such as sculpture, video, photo, drawing and installation.   

 

Gallery Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm

Galleries are handicapped accessible.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Date: 
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 9:00pm