ABOUT Believing that art is a purely contemplative form of expression is everything that Jase King stands against. Raised at the crossroads of western and far eastern cultures, the artist is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable to highlight important societal issues. King’s body of work is an exchange of energy and expression through the amalgamation of experiences he’s had in his life. Long before “experimentalism” became a trendy term, Jase travelled throughout the world to satiate his unending thirst for curiosity. From spending a night in a Masai tribe to travelling through war torn Syria, the unusual paths he has taken were always motivated by one component: people.
MASKS - HIS CREATURE Jase’s most recent artistic expression focuses on the creation of masks. The context of their development, the confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, provides a framework for deep introspection. Each mask is a character linked with one of the artist’s facets. The “Agent Saboteur” mask relates most particularly to Jase’s inner voice in constant struggle with his most demanding critic: the artist himself. Each individual mask has it’s own origin story, a tale to tell or a secret to be discovered. There is a purpose in each detail. He drops hints on the essence of each mask, through the name bestowed on them. His work demands that you look deeper, because only when you do you will not be privy to the enigma within its dominion.