A Solo Show by Jason Jagel

November 6th - December 5th, 2015

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FFDG is pleased to present Jason Jagel in his first solo show with the gallery entitled CRAP SHOOT  including a diverse selection of work spanning studio ephemera, sketches, fragments, oil paintings, paintings on newsprint, and works in gouache on paper; framed and unframed, both large and small. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 6th (6-9pm). The artist will be present. Beer and wine will be served. 


CRAP SHOOT acknowledges the inherent gamble –the experimental nature– of making art, an arena where literally anything can happen. “My desire is to plumb my studio for evidence of time spent through an expression of studio phenomena. How the show will end up is anyone’s guess… a crap shoot,” Jagel says. As a kind of experiment with and celebration of the art market, works will include varied editions of hand-embellished prints and other reasonably-priced works for sale, alongside archival works which will remain in the artist’s collection. Following two decades of gallery exhibition, this is both a light-hearted experiment and a dead-serious study of an artistic career.


Always carrying a notebook and at least one pen, Jägel is an obsessive observer and chronicler of his daily life and reality. His larger works, often combining text, sketches and swatches of color, evoke a sense of controlled chaos, more like an improvisational jazz composition than a fine-tuned classical orchestra. Ambiguous figures and snippets of text are combined in fascinating and spontaneous compositions, which create a space for multiple readings and interpretations. Inspired by comic book aesthetics and his family lineage in both art and music, Jagel creates images fitting for both album covers and the walls of a museum – both of which locations in fact hold his works.


Jason Jägel was born in 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1995 and a master’s degree from Stanford University in 2002. Recently, Jägel created an installation of oil paintings for the 2015 exhibition, You Know I’m No Good, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Projects upcoming include two murals, one painted and one printed, with the Clement Street Merchants Association and the San Francisco Arts Commission, respectively. Jägel lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco.