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Los Angeles

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Exhibition Detail
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

June 1st, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
June 1st, 2012 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Blue Girl , Jason D\'AquinoJason D'Aquino, Blue Girl ,
Graphite on vintage matchbook , 2" x 3.5"
© Courtesy of the Artist and La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Booth , Jason D\'AquinoJason D'Aquino, Booth ,
Graphite on found paper, 5" x 6"
© Courtesy of the Artist and La Luz de Jesus Gallery
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silverlake/echo park
Mon-Wed 11-7, Thu-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-6

Jason D'Aquino is a miniaturist. The majority of his works are minute and meticulously detailed graphite renderings on vintage matchbook and other found surfaces. White hilites are introduced using watercolor undiluted with a single hair brush. The search for these found "canvases" has led him to strange corners of the world and to some unique treasures. He recently unearthed a hand-quilled, illustrated whaling manuscript from St. Petersburg Russia, which made its way to Christie's auction house in New York City.

"The matchbook was a canvas I fell in love with because it carries with it a universally recognizable built-in scale reference. Often collectors will first encounter my work through a blog or magazine article, and this makes it difficult to effectively convey scale...but once they see the matches, they can put the whole thing quickly in context. I also love the matchbook because it is a nostalgic, gritty, cheap little souvenir. I enjoy taking such a worthless surface and turning it into a coveted piece of art," states D'Aquino.

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