SOCIAL ART EXPERIMENT

Hi world. It seems like an eternity since my last post here. I apologize for this. I need to alter the lack of rhythm in my art diary. I have been occupying my Instagram page this past year which is davidjasonsloan. I’ve been recording my three dimensional construction public street art on that platform. I will return my creative efforts here as well.

I accidentally began an social art experiment this summer with the 3D street art. Please let me tell you the story of summer of 2018. It takes place at an abandon lot in Yorkville, on the upper east side of Manhattan. Kitty corner from my studio where I work and live is a plain beige painted wooden fence. A person might say it’s an ugly sight. There is a closed door that is chained shut with a sign warning not to dare enter. Where the chain threads through a hole in the fence, you are able to peak in and see a majestical forest ruled only by its own will. Above the fence you’ll see trees climbing for competition of the the two buildings as the property resides on the corner. Looking through, I imagined I was peaking into another land. So I decided to build one of my construction pieces (that I share all over the city) and attached it to the weathered down boards. I placed a few of my business cards between the cracks of my imagined 3D Polaroid photo of what I think happens at night on the other side of the wall. I wanted to see if anyone would noticed.

I began with the one structure. Because of the use of interior wood glue, the rain had washed away parts. What happened next surprised me. I received this email from a lovely woman.

I than decided to gather what parts were lying around on the ground and go in to my studio and built a second third dimension picture. The day after I planted the second piece I walked across the street to the corner store. On my way back a gentleman was spraying black frames and than postered artful photographs of bridges. Than the next day I found that a person had contributed with precise splashes of a light blue paint. I began realizing that an out door art gallery in the midst of towering buildings has been created.

Again I used the same adhesive. And again the rain did its thing. And again I collected the pieces. Many months ago I had rescued a large rectangle board from the side of the street. I believed that it was used as a head board for someone’s bed. I brought it home and kept in the corner of my studio as it was waiting to be used. I decided that my magical world needed a real door. I turned that piece of wood into a door. I made a mysterious lady with green skin looking out of a window. I than plastered it to the wall.

I than turned my attention to the first art work and began to reconstruct it. One late night I was painting on it. I had to walk back to the studio to get more paint. When I went out of the building I had seen that a police car was creeping, parked around the corner waiting for their person of interest. I thought “fuck you guys, I’ll come back during the day and hide in plain sight”. I put together a smaller assemblage and added it on.

During this process, I had gotten many compliments. I’m very grateful. I believe that art needs to be part of every day life. That everyone deserves art, not just folks who can afford the $25-$3o to go to art museums….

This was my summer of 2018. Now to move on and forward.


Summer time in New York City

Hello everyone. I’m here to let you know of a couple of things of what’s happening in my artist life. The first thing I certainly should mention is that I will be in an annual summer art exhibition at Art on A Gallery. The opening reception party will be Thursday June 22nd, 7-9pm. The show will run from June 22nd until the closing reception party Thursday July 13th, 6-8pm. I very much hope everyone can attend.
ADDRESS:
Art on A Gallery
24 Avenue A (Between 2nd & 3rd street)
NY, NY 10009

Public art entry:

I am a painter living in Manhattan. My paintings have been shown at numerous galleries around the city but as an artist, I am more recently concerned with framing and fortifying my painted wooden constructions on city streets, on buildings, in the current atmospheres of New York City.
Not that my constructions feature representations of, or references to New York City in any specific way. Because they don’t. My work are more likely to make you think of seeing the interior of a bar inside a spaceship in a child’s open eye’d way– seeing it for the first time and thru a fractured wild reception of color and primal precision with figures that may be planetary slender creatures creeping with reds and blues and yellows–and/or are also intergalactic seers who stumble forth. In part I tell a partial story of the abject failures in how we communicate with our fellow human being these days–Especially in person.
My creatures are people too but no one is talking and no one is listening and no one is looking each other in the eyes. In our contemporary landscape of dialogue, something is afoot. Not only in New York City but in the World.


Con Artist Collective & Gallery Art Opening

Hi there. I want to invite everyone to a small group show that I’m going to participate in. I have one small painting that will be in it.
Dates: March 27th to March 31st
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday March 29th /// 7-11pm

People’s Choice: Come cast your ballot for your favorite artist in this open-call show with no theme other than being the best. Whichever artist manages to gather the most votes on opening night will be awarded a solo show in the following month.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Also, I will be updating my European travels this week. Come back here and check that out.


Beginning Of 2017

Hi everyone. My apologies for the long silence. 2016 was a long and slow year and now it’s finally over. I’ll make sure 2017 will be more productive and fruitful for art.
I am going to have two paintings in a small group show in the lower east side of Manhattan, ConArtist gallery, 119 Ludlow street. The theme of the exhibition is the supernatural. The Collective announced that the artworks should be inspired by some kind of supernatural element. Whether it physically shows a ghost, vampire, etc or it embodies the emotions that supernatural elements bring up like fear, obsession and intrigue. I find this subject to be largely vague and broad. One can make the argument that all art has an element of the supernatural. I need my paintings to be experienced in real life so I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so.
OPENING PARTY: Wednesday January 25th

I will continue to update this here website. I recently returned from a small trip to Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain that I would like to discuss. Ive been thinking a lot about street art and beginning to return to making it once again. There will be a lot about that in the following weeks. I’ll make sure that I’m active in all arenas in this year 2017.


The girl who lost her loneliness

Hello. I want to share an illustration that I painted. It’s an example of my ability to illustrate a narrative that I submitted to an publishing company. It was a good study for my painting.
I do not have any shows at the moment. I will let everyone know as soon as I do. Hope everyone is having a good summer.


Art Opening in the Lower East Side

Good day everyone. I would like to say I that I will have a painting in a group exhibition Wednesday April 27th. Details below.

Interconnectedness Art Show
Art work that visually/conceptually explores the theme of interconnectivity, or the relation between two or more people, objects, concepts, or locations.
OPENING PARTY: April 27th 7pm to 11pm
CLOSING PARTY: May 4th 7pm to 11pm
Con Artist Collective
119 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

It would be wonderful to have you join.


Berlin Art Gathering

Hello everyone. Last quarter of 2015 was devoted to painting in my lil Manhattan studio. Not super thrilled. But then 2016 and now I’m super thrilled again. Funny how that happens. Also it occurs to me in this new year to be more present in the silly ‘world of art’– Exhibit more, SCHMOOZE,(if you could only see my charms late at night in the East Village when everyone is drinking and having a good time), concentrate on public art, public projects and so forth.

I traveled to Berlin in the beginning of February. I was there for ten days. I set out to explore contemporary life in Berlin which I fairly accomplished although one can merely scratch the surface when being somewhere for only ten days. Regardless, extremely rewarding. I met a fellow painter, Silke Weyer. She was in an group show called ‘Super Power Woman’ (Between the the selected work site and the gallery itself, the exhibit experience completely resembled a gallery in the lower east side, in Manhattan, similar to Gallery 128 that I’ve shown numerous times.)

During the opening I met a really interesting person. My new honey-sweet woman friend and myself drunkenly joked and playfully teased ourselves and eachother and giggled frantically at the scene that is now so common in so much of the urban world–And engaged in basically the same childish and exuberantly healthy behavior that I get into at any other art opening in the United States. But it was amazing. And I now have a wonderful new friend.

More to come soon. I promise


Fine Summer Art

Good day fine people. I would like to thank Kenneth Husband who curated the Second Saturday Art Gallery’s Premier National Group Show entitled “Universal Visions” in York, Pennsylvania on June 13 th. Also I want to thank everyone who participated and who went to the exhibition. It was certainly quite interesting. There was definitely a lot of art that I thought good. Held in what was once a warehouse in the industrial part of town, now a very large art space. If you happen to be in the Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania I highly recommend visiting the quaint town of York.


Spring Arrival

Hello everyone. I am here to tell you what is new. I am always weary of exhibiting my art on the Internet. I believe paintings should be seen in real life and real time. Being from Northeast Ohio I am thrilled that I do have 10 examples of my art on the Cleveland Scene Magazine’s virtual art gallery curated by Loren Naji. Loren has written an interesting and flattering curator statement. The website address is najiartsccene.com.
I would also like to mentioned that I will be showing at Second Saturday Art Gallery’s Premier National Group Show entitled “Universal Visions” in York, Pennsylvania. The culmination of this show will be held on June 13th from 6 pm until 10 pm. This will be the celebration of diverse artists from across the Eastern Coast of the United States. It includes all artists, musicians, and of course refreshments. The show dates are June 13th until July 12th.
I finished a amusing 3 dimensional piece, perfect for a child’s bedroom. It’s very toy like. I have always loved to play with toys even as an adult. Here is a raw image of it. Inspired by my little niece, Lauren. I have paintings in the works. I will take more professional images of the artwork, don’t you worry. Until then, I bid you a farewell.


Here again!

It is November, 2014. It has been a year since my last entry. There is a very good reason for this. Much of it is extremely personal which you may discern in my future paintings but I won’t detail here. I went through a divorce and moved from Everett Station Lofts Portland, Oregon last December to my (more or less home town) of Cleveland, Ohio. I lived with my dear friend for two brutal cold winter months and then I decided to move to New Orleans in March, completely isolated from anyone I know or any connections that I have. I moved into a shotgun apartment in the Irish Channel. The apartment didn’t have a door separating my room from the kitchen and the rest of the apartment making my bedroom a mere passageway—consequently it was not conducive to painting in privacy which my working method demands.
In April my friend (previous mentioned) and I flew to Peru for nine days. It was the first time either of us had ever been to South America. We flew into Lima where we stayed for a couple days and then down to the town of Ica which is in the middle of a desert with some of the largest sand dunes in the world. We then took a luxury bus through the Andes to the breathtaking town of Cusco. This is not a travel journal so I’m not going to go into details but suffice it to say there will certainly be future paintings influenced by this great trip. (You want to sharpen your powers of vision? See the world!)
So after nine days in Peru it was back to New York City. While I was in NYC I realized it was time to move permanently back to where I feel most at home. I moved back to New York in July. Because of the treacherous feat of finding a place to live in this city I was basically living at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the month of July. I would go to the library in the basement of the museum in the morning when the museum opens, desperately trying to find a home. I would take breaks going through the museum going to some of my favorite more undiscovered rooms for hours at a time. At times I slept on a bench in Central Park. This got me through.
In August I finally found a room to rent in a great apartment in Brooklyn. I now have a bedroom that doubles as my work studio and I feel ready to paint in earnest. I am currently working on a commissioned piece but I intend to have multiple new works to exhibit sometime this winter. After an incredible, life-shifting, frustrating, and at times dangerous, yet soul-renewing year, I am ready to paint to the fullest of my talents and desires and throw myself completely into my craft.
You will now hear from me here more frequently so stay tuned.