“I want to paint on airplanes. I want to paint on skyscrapers. I want to go massive. I want to paint a tunnel in China. I am interested in the big stuff.” – Jason Woodside
New York-based artist Jason Woodside recently collaborated with Damon Dash to present to the world Daytripper – an exhibition of of colorful, vibrant pieces expressing the emotions one encounters throughout the duration of a day – now on view at Poppington Gallery through December 31st.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jason to discuss his work, his inspirations, the explanation behind the Daytripper collection and his thoughts on the resurgence of the New York art scene. The following is the conversation we had as we sat in the main window of the Poppington Gallery.
PANTONE: The first question is an easy question and at the same time a difficult one: what is your favorite color and why? What does the color mean to you? What does it represent?
JASON WOODSIDE: Ok, I like blue tones, mostly because of the nostalgia, growing up in a place like Florida. It is close to the ocean, close to the beach and you have those aquatic colors. It subconsciously reminds me of growing up in a happy place. It has a calming effect and I think the color works well with nostalgia. My second favorite color would be an orange or a mustard. Color speaks to us in a subconscious way. You just know if you love it.
PANTONE: Can you explain the Daytripper collection and what inspired it? Is it almost a day in the life?
JW: It is like basically a day trip. It is almost like a journey through the day and the emotions that we feel expressed through color. It is basically a day in the life over the course of color inspiration and the feelings that come to you. The one most important thing to me is optimism, I want people to come in and feel happy.
PANTONE: There is almost a renaissance or a resurgence in the New York art scene. The energy seems to be back and it seems to be popping again. Art never goes away, but lately interest is up and the energy is different. Why do you feel this is occurring now?
JW: I think mostly culture today is driven by a lot of different old, stale states of mind and old business structures. There is a formula to life. You go to school, go to work, and then make a family. Kids are pulling away from that because it just doesn’t make sense these days. I feel the art is pulling away from that and doing the exact opposite. It is up to you to make it in life as an artist and up to you to find your favorite artist. There is no formula and there is no known road to success. People are so driven and they inspire others. It is just being creative in general. Art today is almost a contrast to what our older culture is doing. It is almost a rebellion, if that makes sense.
A piece from the Jason Woodside/Brooks Brothers collaboration for the Freearts NYC charity.
PANTONE: You have done plenty already. What is next on the horizon? Or what would you like to do that you have not done yet? What are you working on?
JW: I am really hard on myself. I am really driven and I am very stubborn. So what ends up happening is, I set my levels of accomplishment so very high and I reach these little sparks of success, and that’s great, but I am ready to go for it. I want to go all the way to the top. I want to paint on airplanes. I want to paint on skyscrapers. I want to go massive. I want to paint a tunnel in China. I am interested in the big stuff. I want to make people happy. It is not so much about selling art, it is more about collaborating with a city, with a community, to make people happy. That is the point of art. It is more about inspiring people. I want to donate art to children’s hospitals and to airports and reach a mass amount of people, as opposed to selling yourself short. The art game is not nice and a lot of people will try to bring you down. You have to stay on your path and make a decision as to where you want to go and how you want to do it.
About Jason Woodside
Originally from Florida, Jason is one of the brightest up-and-coming artists on the newly reenergized New York art scene. He has collaborated with various companies to create skateboards, murals, and most recently with Brooks Brothers to create a limited collection of shirts and accessories to benefit the Freearts NYC charity. He has also held exhibitions in galleries in Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia.