Arts Coast Galleries Artist
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Since 2005, Jason Hackenwerth has explored the phenomena of temporality and joy through the transformation of ordinary materials. Currently his public installations take the form of large-scale sculptural installations created from biodegradable natural latex balloons. Inspired by mythology, the human experience, and the ephemeral nature of his chosen medium, each work is at once mysterious, accessible and fun, complementing and responding to its architectural setting. Hackenwerth developed techniques to connect thousands of balloons into rigid, complex forms that when suspended seem to defy gravity and highlight the material’s qualities of translucency, movement and illumination. Audiences around the world have connected with their own inner joy through their experience of Hackenwerth’s delightful organic forms.
Jason received his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 and Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking from Webster University, 1997.
Press includes, Art Desk, Creative Review UK, American Craft, Design Journal, Art InAmerica, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, London Metro, This is Colossal, Metal Magazine, and Hi-Fructose Magazine.
Grants include: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc. 2011 and Creative Pinellas
Professional Artist Grant 2018.
He is a professor of art and printmaking at Eckerd College and currently lives and works in St Petersburg FL.