Jason Green’s Enigmatic Work in Tile

Jason Green’s Enigmatic Work in Tile

The visual poetry of Jason H. Green’s work in tile speaks a language of patience and introspection.

His father built houses, so he was exposed to “layering of skin on skeleton” while he witnessed the construction process. And in his own renovation work, he knows how a simple fragment of wallpaper can serve as a vessel of memories from past occupants.

His tile sculptures evoke the depths of time. Molded, low-relief curves and revealed, matt terra cotta are submerged in watery glazes. Receding black spaces form an arabesque of windows gazing into a furtive interior. Edges are chipped and raw, their unfinished and imperfect borders signifying ruin - vestiges of a larger structure, rescued but incomplete.

When he discovered wooden molds at a brick factory, he began to make his own with plaster and wood components.  Now he hand-presses clay into molds for both convex and concave shapes.   He uses his one-of-a-kind system to produce “reconfigurable elements that share the intrinsic geometry found in nature.”

For historical textures, he transfers a thin layer of slip onto a surface, using embossed vintage wallpaper. He allows brushed glazes to drip and puddle at the bottom edges, emulating the pull of gravity and the fluid progression of existence. “I’ve been working with very glossy and runny transparent glazes that add depth to the surface by revealing a build-up of underlying layers,” he said.   He aims to “create surfaces that reveal their own history.”

The wave is one of his distinct motifs, suggesting currents, both electrical and aquatic. His palette of verdant greens, light iron yellows and lush cobalt blues, anchored by earthen red-orange terra cotta, all speak of sea and sky. He layers analogous hues and reveals “subtle references to the ever-shifting color and color spaces in our environment.”  A chipped, cracked and uneven wash of color initially repels the viewer with thoughts of imperfection and decay, then transfixes with a shimmering, reflective beauty. 

Jason, who earned his MFA from Alfred University in 1998, is now concerned with “characteristics of immediacy, while alluding to the past.” He creates “fields that suggest the vastness of landscape and the results of weather and erosion.”  

His work invites the viewer to question what cannot be seen, and remember what should not be forgotten.

-       JoAnn Locktov

For more on Jason H. Green, go to http://www.jasonhgreen.com/

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8 Responses to “Jason Green’s Enigmatic Work in Tile”

  1. I am drawn into the pieces first by their surfaces: the beautiful colors and inviting textures. Then I notice the glaze drips and the thick, built up terra cotta sides. I like to think about the process this reveals: the glaze melting and having its voice in the color variations, while being coaxed by the textures pressed into the clay base and by gravity itself. Far more than surfaces, the artist builds and exposes a generous stage on which colors sing glassy improvisations over a deep and rhythmic bass. Gorgeous, strong, and satisfying.

  2. Love Jason’s work! He was great at our Haystack Weekend Workshop.

  3. I am a big fan of Jason’s work and am thrilled to see it shared and appreciated by the design, architecture and tile community (beyond the ceramic’s circle for which it is already widely-known and respected). His work has the unique ability to simultaneously bridge ceramics to sculpture, tile to corporate art and art to beauty. Thank you for sharing his work and story. He deserves the recognition.

  4. Maryellen McMahon 05. Jan, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Poetry in motion! You can feel the rhythm of the pieces as the colors and textures mingle and blend. Beautiful!

  5. Simplicity and complexity mingle together harmoniously and effortlessly in Jason’s tile work. They are reminiscent of artifacts from past civilizations being unearthed and displayed as precious objects. Stunning!

  6. Jason makes some beautiful pieces. I always love going to visit to see his latest work. The colors, textures and shapes all combine to make these pieces interesting whether it’s from 20 feet or 2 inches!

  7. I’m a huge Jason Green fan – both the person, the artist and the work. I just received one of his tiles as a gift and am preparing to mount it now. There is so much to look at, to discover and to ponder in these pieces. It’s a form he’s been delving into for a while now, and he seems always to be finding more to pull from it. I’m glad to see him and his work featured here.

  8. sharon mcconnell 11. Jan, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Jason is an amazing artist. His work is even more impressive in person. He exhibited two large-scale architectural pieces in the Ornament Now exhibition at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University that were spectacular. Keep an eye on this artist – he’s going places.