This piece of original artwork comes ready to hang.
Opening Friday, November 11th at Inner State Gallery, artist Jesse Kassel, who exhibits a new collection of mixed media pieces Bandos & Stolos highlighting abandoned and stolen cars frozen in time.
“The skeleton of a 1940 Buick Roadmaster rusting in an overgrown field next to a group of stripped and torched 2015 Ford trucks. A building full of prized classic cars being crushed by a collapsing roof. For me experiencing these visions first hand is essential to fully appreciating the sense of beauty and story behind how such places have become what they are. However, for this body of work I have interpreted these scenes pulling from the texture, colors and compositions that dominate them,” Kassell said from his Southwest Detroit studio.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Budding from a long family history of visual artists, it was natural for Jesse Kassel
to follow suit. In 2010 he earned a BFA with a focus in illustration and has since been exploring various creative outlets. Drawing inspiration from vintage advertisements and graphic design coupled with the rich cultural context and aging city façade, Kassel’s work is an Americana-tinged portrayal of the leisure seeking working class. His paintings of alcohol and tobacco products reflect social celebrations as well as the consequential dependency and grief of substance abuse. Using salvaged wood, household paint and twine, Kassel assembles his work with materials reminiscent of rural craft fair debris. His work has been featured at exhibitions both locally and around the world.
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