LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kopeikin Gallery
presents Meta-Landscapes and Visual Ambient Drones by Jason Engelund. This exhibition marks Engelunds first solo presentation with Kopeikin Gallery.
Jason Engelunds artworks encompass both the psychological and physical landscapes, together making the meta-landscape. Through these images he explores visual perception and its role in how we make meaning of memory and experience. These artworks draw from his early studies in painting bringing both his reconstructive techniques and material based approach to making composition. Engelunds artwork was described in the photography publication 3200k as a performative, and gestural abstraction of photography creating new imagery of documenting experience and landscape. A. Will Brown in his article on the artists work notes "Engelund is distinctly aware of the conceptual and metaphorical capacities of landscape."
Engelunds photographic images are made with medium format and 4x5 film and are created in camera. He abstracts the photographic process to show what is past the boundary of our vision and the landscape itself. Considering human experience and metaphors embedded within landscape he begins to trace new mythologies of sea and landscape. A revelation or idea had after long contemplation of the sun and sea might be inspiration for an artwork. While looking out at the sky and ocean, we might recall that the horizon is an illusion and that the sun never sets.
Jason Engelund is a photographer, painter, poet and social artist. In 2000, Engelund received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and experimental film/video at the California College of the Arts. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Davis. He is a founding member of the California College of the Arts Center for Art and Public Life where he worked for eleven years developing and supporting programs for artists to collaborate with communities locally, and across the globe to address social and humanitarian issues. In 2012, Engelund was awarded a Sustainable Arts Foundation Individual Artist grant for his work in photography.