We sit down for a conversation with local artist Jason Villareal, resident artist at the Tanglefoot Building, one of many artists that have been using the old warehouse for their working studios for over 30 years. Nearly each of those years, the artists in the collective open up their studios to the public the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Though Jason won’t be one of the artists sharing his work this fall, he will be busy with his own group show called “Elemental: Metal, Wood, Paper” with fellow artists Bryan Webster and Sarah Vandermeer. The show will be open to the public on Friday, October 4 from 5-9 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 from 12-5.
Jason says though he mainly did sculpture in school, limitations in studio space and supplies had him working as a painter for many years. He has over the years returned to his work as a sculptor, with many of his sculptures being in relief hanging on the wall. Jason says his work is very architectural, with plenty of repetition. He also integrates very smoothly many simple things you’d find in a hardware store, with a finesse that makes them flow together.
Tune in to learn about his process, what’s he up to next, the importance of having a studio space for artists, and to learn more about the Tanglefoot artist collective he’s now been part of for nearly a decade.
Images courtesy of Jason Villareal and Light Gallery + Studio.