Exhibit: No (A Masterless Universe)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
No (A Masterless Universe) is an exercise in weakening the fetters of power within our restricted cosmos using painted, drawn and bound sigils. Jason Roy flirts with repeated attempts to relieve the stresses of living in a limitless universe, fraught with empty desire, habitual violence and law. Through painted incantation, echoing affirmation, totemic defiance, and denial, we find freedom from negative energy, bad vibes, fathers, cops, fear, masculinity, lies, reptilian overlords, buttheads, boneheads, yo-yos, and jerks.
Using found and ephemeral materials, Roy concurrently questions the limits of governing forces mentioned above as well as the physical limits of the materials themselves. No (A Masterless Universe) combines paintings on newsprint, hand-colored screenprints on cardboard and paper, pennant flags, and three new artist book editions published exclusively for this exhibition. The combative theme is paralleled by the artist’s repetitive execution, exhausting each medium through dozens of incarnations of synonymous subject matter. Exhibiting all repetitive and honest trials, the amassed serial artwork becomes a solidified regiment against the sullied and corrupt forces that wish to control. It is an attempt to manifest a freedom that may only exist on a blank page.
No (A Masterless Universe) is Jason Roy’s first solo-exhibition and the third in a series of one person shows dedicated to Brooklyn based artists exhibiting audacity and prolific outcome in the self publishing community. Jason Roy studied printmaking at the State University of New York at Purchase College. He has since continued printing his own artwork, comics, and t-shirts as well as collaborating with other artists and musicians. He is also an educator with an emphasis on instructing others in renegade screen-printing and heretic art production.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and additionally in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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