Jason Overby | Programming The Surface At Belmont

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Jason Overby | Programming The Surface At Belmont
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Jason Overby | Programming The Surface At Belmont says
On view May 5th – June 1st
Reception 4-6pm Sunday, May 17th

“I wake up really early every morning and start my day with a cup of coffee in my studio, which is in my basement of my house. I’ve been getting really into a more meditative drawing practice that is focused on action and form over content. Each of these drawings proceeds from a simple set of rules reified into images over the course of days or weeks. In certain cases I have intentionally disrupted or broken the rules with more spontaneous marks, but the rules always provide the basis for each image. I listen to music on headphones when I draw, and this (along with the coffee) has served as a rhythmic pulse and motivating force. I borrowed lyrics from songs as a way to have some prefab content and in certain cases to help the drawings function temporally with a specific flow. The title “Programming the Surface” was chosen as a description of what I was functionally doing (enacting a set of rules on the surface of a page).”

Jason's art work is featured in Michelle Overby's debut book of poems I Stayed Up Listening, published by Two Plum Press of Portland, OR. The reception will include a reading from Michelle's new work, which you can find on her blog, The Rose and the Apple. Copies of I Stayed Up Listening will be available for $6.

Also reading her own poetry is Rita, Jason & Michelle's 6 year old daughter.

Link to Two Plum Press:

Link to I Stayed Up Listening page:

Link to The Rose and the Apple blog:

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