“Living Room” by Jason Maas at Lyons Wier Gallery
After Hurricane Sandy struck New York City and, consequently, my studio building in Red Hook, I started volunteering full-time in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort and have been stationed in Rockaway in the month’s since. These first-hand experiences led to the reinterpretation of my drawing practice to involve social practice, and to include multiple media, using Sandy as a focus for making socially conscious work about this ongoing disaster. I often use the drawing surface as a starting point, building and demolishing drawing panels, designing and printing wallpaper, salvaging and installing discarded Rockaway materials, and creating videos on a green screen. I’m interested in expanding the contemporary dialogue of social practice by helping other artists find ways to be inspired through opportunities to volunteer both locally and abroad.
Currently on view at the Lyons Wier Gallery annual summer group show “Summer Session,” through August 17, 2013.