about the artist  

Jason Scala’s art has been featured locally at Spaces, in Cleveland, Akron’s Highland Square’s Revival Boutique, & at the Rubber City Clothing Company.  Recently the gallery, Urban Kanvas has been added and viewed by participants of Akron’s monthly Art Walk. Scheduled for December 18th, Scala’s pieces will be a part of the Akron Art Museum’s Holiday Art Sale, which only a few select local artists have been invited to participate.

To support his visual art, Scala, works full time as a chef at Akron’s own VegiTerranean restaurant.  A graduate of The Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in 1999, Scala has since balanced his time between creating culinary and visual arts.

In the heart of downtown Akron where the arts are flourishing once again, you can visit, our gallery of work, we call Urban Kanvas, by appointment only.

Scala started doing stencil art several years ago.  From there it seems he would stencil almost anything he could get his hands on t-shirts, dumpsters, the interior of his home, even an abandoned Toyota Corolla, which he photographed and turned into one of his plywood pieces.  “I like the idea that cutting out a collection or arrangement of different shapes forms a recognizable image.” 

Stencils were a natural transition into the making of his plywood paintings.  The process involves choosing an image, usually something nostalgic or inspiring to him, then digitally manipulating the image, creating a transparency, and projecting the image onto the media.  Every detail is hand cut.  The final steps include painting & peeling away the stencil.  This distinguishes the positive and negative shapes that ultimately constitute an entire picture.

Stylistically Scala’s work is graphic, urban, & raw.  They are either black or black & white.  They appear as flat against the picture plane with no realistic rendering of volume or shadows.  In some cases however, depth is illustrated in the form of perspective such as in the image of the Last Supper.  Interestingly Scala provides just enough detail that one can easily identify an image.  The Abbey Road piece shows no true identity in the faces of the individuals, it simply isn’t necessary when appropriating famous or classical subject matter.  The information is implied.  Scala attributes this quality to the simplistic yet graphic nature of stencil art. 

The cabinets became a  collaborative effort between Scala & girlfriend Tyran.  Commissioned to paint/decorate a metal filing cabinet and a shelf to match the overall décor in a neighbors tastefully art-filled loft. Tyran took pictures of a Buddha statue and advised on color schemes.  Scala turned the Buddha image into a screen print that would be used to adorn the surface of the filing cabinet.

  Along with donations, materials were acquired from local warehouses and salvage yards housing metal office furniture.  The plan began to make desirerable furniture by covering it in stylish, decorative art, far removed from their original appearance.

Scala’s stenciling and screen printing abilities combined with the couple’s attention to art history will serve to produce a long-lasting line of fresh art on any number of interesting surfaces.

 

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contact:

artist, jason scala (330) 310-7135

 

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