Who I was & want to be
Jason Villegas’ work celebrates queer culture and explores gender fluidity, identity, and body positivity by using repurposed materials, fabric, ceramics to create sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, photography, video and installation. Jason shares, “I am interested in how we represent ourselves and the ability to change and have a variety of expressive skins.” The motif of clothing piles and playing with actual clothing as material allows us to think of skin as costume. Often revealing economic and social hierarchy, it also speaks about gender identity. Jason uses masks and helmets to create a layer of representation or chosen representation. Shifting beyond previous work about globalism and consumer culture, in his newest body of work Jason explores aspects of living as a queer person.
The reclining figures, beach beauties, are gestural and slightly abstract to be genderless in depiction. She Ready may appear as a painting of a sunburnt girl, but in Jason’s queer world, the phrase is a way to play with each other even as male identifying. While also the painting can be seen as a trans woman Jason says, “they could be anyone in the vast spectrum of gender and sexual identity.”
Jasons’ exhibition is on view from August 4th – September 18, 2022