Jason Stein is a jeweler, metalsmith, and sculptor living in Matthews, NC. He received his BFA in Metals and Jewelry Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and received his MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2010. He works full-time as a bench jeweler and teaches curriculum classes in jewelry and metalsmithing at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and symposiums such as the “War: Polemos” exhibition at Munich Jewelry Week 2020, “Broken Beauty” at Alliages in Lilles, France, the 2019 Front of The House/Back of The House Exhibition at Heidi Lowe Gallery, Craft Forms 2017 and 2018 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA, Materials Hard+Soft in Denton, TX, and the 4th and 5th Annual International Belt Buckle Championships.
StatementThe central theme I explore in my creative process and works is the idea of control, both in the physical world around us and within our own consciousness. I am fascinated by the physical means of control we encounter such as locks, ladders, gates, access hatches, and defensive structures. I am also deeply interested in the overt and covert influence of the unseen structures and systems of everyday existence that modify our experiential reality such as storm drains, sewers, utility maintenance areas, steam tunnels, and industrial facilities. My work is also inspired by the textures and forms of the natural world and the geological structures and surfaces that occur. I am drawn to subtleties found in such hard and unforgiving materials and landscapes, as well as humanities impact and efforts to control and extract these precious and desirable materials. I draw inspiration from the historical techniques of excavation, rock blasting, and tunneling, and from this I strive to find the beauty and elegance in often overlooked remnant structures and surfaces.
Through the creation of my sculptural forms and objects, I seek to explore the nature of the unconscious mind, and create physical representations and reinterpretations of the structures of my internal mental landscape that represent a re-constructed reality.
The internal struggle and battle for control, understanding, and manipulation of our perceived sense of identity can be seen as a form of internal warfare, set against the backdrop of the volatile world and political climate we all must navigate in modern society. By taking ones innermost fears and insecurities and creating physical representations that can be worn and displayed, one is able to identify and control the subconscious forces at play within ones mental landscape.
Exhibition 08 Oct 2021 - 10 Nov 2021 Painful Hope in Madrid.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021 Flying Circus. A Movie and Performance Project Online and at Weltraum Gallery.
Exhibition 12 Dec 2020 - 13 Feb 2021 Painful Hope.
Exhibition 05 Nov 2020 - 08 Nov 2020 War.
Exhibition 11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 WAR_The Comics.
Exhibition 11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 Broken Beauty in Munich.
Exhibition 14 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020 Broken Beauty.
Myung UrsoRochester, United States
Lily KanellopoulouAthens, Greece
Fabiana GadanoBuenos Aires, Argentina
Rita BesnyoiBudapest, Hungary
Teresa FarisMadison, United States
Yajing YaoSavannah, United States
Martin GrosmanJablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Anna WatsonBrighton, United Kingdom
Elvira CibottiBuenos Aires, Argentina
Kinga SulejDlutów, Poland
Felicia LiBeijing, China
Joana de Sousa HenriquesLisbon, Portugal
Linda van NiekerkTasmania, Australia
Regine SchwarzerAdelaide, Australia
Elisa Rosales JuegaBuenos Aires, Argentina