Interview with Artist Samuel Jablon

"Overheard", Sam Jablon, installation view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016
“Over Heard”, Sam Jablon, installation view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016.

Samuel Jablon is a Brooklyn-based artist. He has a solo show at the Diane Rosenstein gallery in L.A. Sept 10 – Oct 15, 2016. Read more to learn about his artworks included in the exhibition and his creative process!

Laura Mylott Manning: Thank you for talking with me today. Tell us about your path; where are you originally from and how did you come to live in New York City?

Samuel Jablon: I am originally from Binghamton, NY. I ended up going to Naropa University in Boulder, CO and after I graduated Bob Holman convinced me to move to NYC. After being here for a few years I went to Brooklyn College for an MFA in painting, and have been here since.

"Overheard", Sam Jablon, installation view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016
“Over Heard”, Sam Jablon, installation view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016.

LMM: Your background in literature is certainly an influence on your text paintings. Please discuss the process of merging your art with writing.

SJ: I was writing a lot of poetry and I was painting a lot. I always felt both were missing something… so I combined them. The combination of the two practices has opened up a lot of creative avenues for the work.

LMM: Previously, you mentioned the artwork you are making now started to develop while you were an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre. Can you talk about your time there?

SJ: I was doing a residency / workshop on poetry as a new / digital medium while at the Banff Centre. The work I was doing there relates closely to a recent performance I conceived of for Storefront for Art and Architecture’s TV program called Storefront TV. I was asked to create poetry as architecture, so I invited poets and artists to collaborate on a one-hour performance. I asked poets to create poetry from advertisements they saw around the city, a video artist made a video of found clips of NYC and a sound artist recorded Times Square. The video was screened on a green screen and the poets performed in that environment while a subtle recording of Times Square played in the background.

"Overheard", Sam Jablon, installation view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016
“Over Heard”, Sam Jablon, installation view at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016

LMM: Upcoming soon, your solo show Over Heard opens at Diane Rosenstein in L.A. Please share more about the exhibition and your work included.

SJ: All the text for this show comes from what I overheard in public. I wrote down a lot of phrases, and then edited them and combined to use for paintings. This show is very painterly. The text is illegible for the most part, in the past I have always made the words difficult to make out but legible. They are still somewhat legible, but I didn’t want the works to feel like codes to figure out, I wanted them to be paintings, so I pushed the paint.

LMM: What is your favorite part about being an artist and do you have any advice for younger artists just entering the field?

SJ: I like the freedom of being an artist, and seeing ideas come to fruition. I think it is important to give yourself a lot of creative room to cultivate a unique voice. There are a lot of trends, and it is easy to get caught up in them.

 

Sept 10 – Oct 15, 2016

Sam Jablon: Over Heard at Diane Rosenstein Gallery

Sept 10 – Oct 15, 2016

Opening night Sept 10th from 6-8pm

 

Interview by Laura Mylott Manning

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Laura Mylott Manning

Laura Mylott Manning

Laura Mylott Manning is a New York based artist and curator. Manning studied at Rhode Island School of Design, 2001 BFA Sculpture, and holds a MFA 2009, Interdisciplinary Arts, from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has also studied at Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Her work has been exhibited in New York as well as internationally, including ArtNow NY, NY; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT; and The Baur au Lac, CH. She has received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Associated Press, Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal among others have reviewed her work. Recent curatorial projects include Bottles in Bloom, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY. Manning contributes to the World Council United Nations journal Centerpoint Now. To learn more please visit: www.lmylottmanning.com

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