Meet Chloe Pinero - Artist in Residence

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Can you describe your work for us in 7 words or less

intuitive, playful, queer, figurative, tactile, dense

Being an artist can be a challenging profession, what advice would you give to your younger self?

It’s hard to say because I still feel like I am in the beginning of my career. I think I would tell myself to research and find more contemporary artists that can inspire and challenge me. Also to have confidence in the work that I am making and not to rely on others for affirmation.

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What are you listening to at the moment?

Kali Uchis, SZA, Princess Nokia and Tierra Whack have been on repeat for the past few weeks. All of these artists inspire me for many reasons. It’s exciting to see so many women in music really doing their thing, and it’s especially inspiring to get to hear another artistic voice from Philly (Tierra Whack). These musicians deal with some of the same things in their music that I deal with in my work, so listening to them can be a way for me to tap into some of the themes in my work but also motivation in the studio.  

What do you look at for inspiration?

Growing up and living in Philadelphia and coming from a Puerto Rican household has influenced my process and material choices in my work. If you look around Philly you’ll notice that so much of the environment is physically layered and responding to the architecture or objects that were previously there. I see my process of collage as a way of layering material and visual information to create a conceptual space relating to ideas of queerness and place. I also look to other artists whose work is similar to mine and spend a lot of time researching. Going out to shows and First Friday exhibitions always gets me inspired and motivated.

What artists inspire you most?

Mickalene Thomas and Kerry James Marshall are forever my top. But right now I am looking at Kenny Rivero, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Pat Phillips, Troy Michie, and Cheyenne Julien.

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Who would be a dream artist to collaborate with?

I would be overwhelmed with excitement to meet or work with any of the artists I listed above. The dream would be to have a show with any of them.

What’s something that you learned early in your career that you feel made you a better artist?

To keep making work despite everything. As an artist there are so many moments where you feel stuck because you are overwhelmed by possibility or where you really don't know what the next thing is. If you just keep making work, things piece themselves together, and you will get to an open door. Be patient with yourself because you are not a machine. Also I think it is important to write about your work and to stick with a community of people or artists who you can talk to about your work.

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Why did you apply to become a resident at Jasper Studios? And what did you hope to achieve during the residency program?

I applied to become a resident at Jasper Studios because I had just graduated undergrad and needed a space to keep making work. Jasper Studios has given me a space where I can work large and pursue the same concepts and processes which I was working on towards the end of my undergraduate education. While at Jasper my goal was to make a body of work that really pushed the tactile/sculptural quality of my paintings, while still exploring themes of queerness, gender, landscape, and material culture in America and Puerto Rico.

CHLOE PINERO
WWW.CHLOEPINERO.COM
@CHLOEPINERO

Meet Joseph Lozano - Artist in Residence

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Can you describe your work for us in 7 words or less

Now then, then again, now and again.

Being an artist can be a challenging profession, what advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell myself that relationships are one of the most valuable assets to your career. Get out of the studio more and invest your time building strong relationships with other artists. They will sharpen you as an artist and most opportunities that come your way will come from them. Your paintings will still be there when you get back.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Let’s see, the last five albums I listened to are Bill Callahan - Apocalypse, Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree, Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern, Run the Jewels - 3, Boards of Canada – Music has the Right to Children

What do you look at for inspiration?

I have been watching my three year old son draw. He has no habits yet, so each mark is a revelation.

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What artists inspire you most?

The artists that inspire me the most are the ones that are close to me, by proximity or by friendship. You get the most out of art works that you watch develop and invest thought into, over time. Michael Ciervo, Anna Neighbor, Anthony Bowers, Mariel Capanna and Aubrey Levinthal are a few Philly artists that inspire me.

Who would be a dream artist to collaborate with?

I would have liked to go for a walk with Bas Jan Ader.

What’s something that you learned early in your career that you feel made you a better artist?

Art has always been my passion, but it took me a few years to pursuit it intentionally. Once I got to art school I resolved to work harder and put in more hours than anyone else. This was hard to do because a handful of my classmates had the same resolve. I would paint and draw all day in class, then I would stay and paint still lives and draw casts all night. Today, I have a full time day job, I teach part time, and I have two young sons (Hugo and Wills) at home. The work ethic developed then has carried me through the years since and drives me into the studio even when I am exhausted. Inspiration doesn’t just come to me. I create inspiration through the work.

Why did you apply to become a resident at Jasper Studios? And what did you hope to achieve during the residency program?

My family is my first commitment. Between raising my boys with my wife and the jobs I work to support them, I don’t have the time or flexibility to pursue a traditional residency. When I saw this opportunity come up, to have a residency right here at home, I jumped at it. It’s been almost ten years since I had a studio that wasn’t a second bedroom, so having dedicated time and space to work in this beautiful building has been amazing. It can be tough to focus when your studio shares a wall with a baby’s room. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect either, as I am working towards two solo shows scheduled for this winter at Gross McCleaf gallery and Abington Art Center.

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JOSEPH LOZANO
WWW.JOSEPHPLOZANO.COM
@JOSEPHPLOZANO

Summer 2018 Artist Residency Winners

We are excited to welcome our newest artists in residence to the Jasper Studios Artist Residency Program, Joseph Lozano and Chloe Pinero! Every three months, artists in Philadelphia are welcomed to apply to the artist residency program. Artists that are chosen will receive a work studio space among an existing community of over 50 artists and entrepreneurs. 

 

JOSEPH LOZANO
WWW.JOSEPHPLOZANO.COM
@JOSEPHPLOZANO

  Dropping four balls on the floor to get a square  48" x 48", oil on linen laid on panel

Dropping four balls on the floor to get a square
48" x 48", oil on linen laid on panel

  Shelves III -  54" x 54", oil on canvas

Shelves III - 54" x 54", oil on canvas


CHLOE PINERO
WWW.CHLOEPINERO.COM
@CHLOEPINERO

Visual artist Chloe Piñero at Tyler School of Art has vibrant, eye-catching collages & paintings are creating lots of buzz in the art world. Piñero is quickly becoming a standout talent of the Puerto Rican diaspora . Pinero, who spent her junior year studying art in Rome, mostly produces oil paintings and collages, but also pursues interests in sculpture and photography. Her work explores “ideas of identity, community, and place.” She explains, “My experiences growing up in a city have fueled my interest in portraiture, texture, and collage … I have been making collages, which help me understand myself in relation to constructs of sexuality, gender, and power within Puerto Rican culture.”

 Hard to See (Juicy)  Paper, fabric, tarp, enamel, charcoal, oil paint, linoleum tile, on paper  30”x48”

Hard to See (Juicy)

Paper, fabric, tarp, enamel, charcoal, oil paint, linoleum tile, on paper

30”x48”

 Play Until You Win  Spray paint, crayon, pastel, fabric, and paper on cardboard  36”x40”

Play Until You Win

Spray paint, crayon, pastel, fabric, and paper on cardboard

36”x40”

Meet Patricia Thomas - Artist in Residence

Meet Patricia Thomas - Artist in Residence

Patricia Thomas joined the second installment of our artist residency program this spring. Patricia’s work “explores the imagery of blackface” through beautifully vibrant and biographical paintings. In our interview with Patricia, she discusses her focus on the community members that Jasper Studios neighbors, who would inspire the body of work she has produced during her time with us.

Spring 2018 Artist Residency Winners

Spring 2018 Artist Residency Winners

We are excited to welcome our newest artists in residence to the Jasper Studios Artist Residency Program, Patricia Swanson and Patricia Thomas! Every three months, artists in Philadelphia are welcomed to apply to the artist residency program. Artists that are chosen will receive a work studio space among an existing community of over 50 artists and entrepreneurs.