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Jason Dawes

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CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), 2007, BFA
California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), 2014, MFA

photo, Illustration, street, exhibition/performance, photography, modern, surrealism, conceptual, performance, video-art, mixed-media, abstract, Jason Dawes, JAWES, collage


Jason Dawes

2013 Riding High on the Hobby Horse,    Gallery 106,CSUSB San Bernardino, CA
2007 BFA Thesis Show, Mint Gallery,
         CalArts, Valencia, CA

2006 Cut & Paste, Mezz Gallery, CalArts,                
          Valencia, CA

2013 Transduction: Eight As One, National Orange Show Art Gallery,
  San Bernardino, CA (catalogue)

2013 Trilateral Exchange MFA Candidate        Show, dA Gallery, Pomona, CA

2013 At This Juncture, Gallery 106, CSUSB, S.B.San Bernardino, CA

2012 Trilateral Exchange, dA Gallery, Pomona, CA

2012 Be Here Now, Gallery 106, CSUSB, San Bernardino, CA

2012 Gang of 4, Gallery 106, CSUSB, San Bernardino, CA

2011Benefit for Jade, Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2010 ALL IN, Mirimar Long Boards, Pomona, CA

2009 Project 210 Holiday Show, 210 Gallery Pasadena, CA

2009 Chicago Bicycle Art Festival, Chicago, IL

2008 Firestarter, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Chaffey College Mixer, Robert V. Fullerton GalleryRAFFMA Art Museum, San Bernardino, CA

2006 Gas Face, Zodiac Gallery, Pomona, CA

 Shannon, Joy, "Erratic Impulses," IE Weekly, October 10, 2013.
dotphotozine, Issue #2, 20102,. pg. 40-41
dotphotozine, Issue #3, 2013,. pg. 60-61


Photography Lab Tech, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA 2005-2007
Photography Lab Tech, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 2003(present)

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, BFA, 2007            
California State University, San Bernardino, CA, MFA in Studio Art & Design,
(in process, expected June 2014)



JAWES is a short cut for Jason Dawes, a working artist based out of Southern California. JAWES has a background in photography but found himself moving toward collage work and the insular and unconscious within the artwork that distances itself from photography, but still references it.  Through a serious studio practice, he is able to share his sense of humor and playfulness in his artwork.


 I gravitated toward portrait photography fairly quickly. I found the interaction between subject and photographer to be an intense moment in time. I began to push that intensity through various non-traditional approaches, such as placing ads in the personals. It did not take long before I turned the camera on myself, creating self-portraits in the domestic setting. I began to play for the camera. I created various personas that placed myself in some gray area between masculinity and femininity. Shortly there after, I began working with collage. I found the formulas and rigidity sometimes found in photography had me gasping for air. Collage works had freed up my process. The mediums of photography and collage played harmoniously together as they are both paired in ideas of domesticity, gender roles, family dynamics and dominant and submissive figures. The collage work is compressed and stacked in a way that adds weight to the issues found inside. The stacking and overlapping of the collages, keeps all the elements fighting for space. I can tap into the unconscious and explore ideas through the re-contextualization of other images, text, and scraps of paper. The key elements of my domestic photo collages are: the home, sexual tension/hierarchy/innuendo, and gender play. Through a serious studio practice, I am able to share my sense of humor and playfulness in my work. With a few pages from a magazine and a glue stick, I can change and rearrange the world around me.

Recent Exhibits

Jason Dawes participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2012 Trilateral Exchange: The MFA Candidate Exhibition
The dA Center for the Arts

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