How Ree Willaford Brought Galleri Urbane to Marfa and Dallas
Mappings is a multidimensional object created with sections of vinyl that artist Jason Willaford has hand-cut and stitched together. Reminiscent of a topographical map, Willaford uses the construction as an avenue to chart his place in the world and amongst society. Growing up hunting, the artist spent many dark mornings walking and sitting in the woods in camouflaged clothing, observing the color of the landscape change as the morning hours passed. The camouflaged clothing concealed Willaford's true form and intent as a hunter while his pray relied on its natural surroundings. Through a complex web of vinyl that references camouflage netting, the artist draws a connection to contemporary culture's media-saturated existence in which perceptions of our peers and surroundings can be skewed. Using discarded vinyl billboards, Willaford strips the material from its original content, modifying it with spray paint and acrylic to repurpose its intent. Constructed compartmentally, Mappings can be deconstructed and rearranged and its form can continuously evolve. As often holds true for today's humanity, nothing is as it seems.
Jason Willaford received is BFA from Florida State University where he studied under Jim Roche and color field painter Trevor Bell. After years as an encaustic painter, he shifted his focus to vinyl-based constructions, which were exhibited in a solo show at Oklahoma Contemporary in 2014. In the summer of 2015, Willaford participated in an artist residency at the former home and studio of Elaine de Kooning in East Hampton, NY and presented the resulting body of work in a solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary. Willard's work can be found in over 200 private and public collections.
American, b. 1969, Tampa, Florida, based in Marfa and Dallas, Texas