Wednesday, January 29, 2014
WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29 2014
J Ryan Jobson
In the fall of 2013, Vision & Verse had the pleasure of featuring local Houston artist, J Ryan Jobson in an interview along with his art work. It is our pleasure to bring you the latest endeavors of Mr. Jobson here today.
I had the opportunity to photograph a work that Ryan did for the interior of his studio. The graffiti mural shown below, encompasses a 30 foot section of the studio's west wall. The photos don't do the work justice...it is awesome.
I had the opportunity to talk with Ryan about this graffiti art and his new work recently.
Parker: Ryan, thanks so much for inviting me back to your studio. I have to ask,
what inspired you to make this incredible statement in your work space?
Ryan: It's ironic, but I had read a piece you did on graffiti as art sometime last
year and I did some research and talked to some artists and found it to
be a very inspiring art form. I did this on a whim, as you remember that
wall was nothing but cold boring brick and I thought it could use some
Parker: It's just spectacular.
Ryan: Thanks, but it's an on-going project...I can't decide whether to continue
it length-wise or go up with it.
Parker: Either way I think it will be amazing.
Parker: I'd like to talk about your latest endeavor, painting on "sheets" of
concrete. First off, tell me about these concrete sheets.
Ryan: Well, I had this bright idea (laughing) to make a thin sheet by building
a wood frame and pouring a 1 to 1 1/2 inch layer of concrete. The first
one I made, I made with a smooth surface, then used a sculpting tool to
divide the surface into squares, just lightly going into the wet cement.
As much as I liked working on that surface, I found I wanted to leave it
in a more natural state to get even more texture...hence in the works
since then, you can see the holes where there were bubbles.
Parker: Are there any drawbacks to painting on concrete?
Ryan: Well in this case yes. Because the material is so thin, I have to take
care when removing it from the frame...it has a tendency to crack. I
had thought of reinforcing it with wire, but that would add to the weight
of each piece and I've tried to keep them as light as possible.
Parker: I noticed that two of the slabs you have here that are partially done are
different in that they're "colored". How did you achieve that?
Ryan: I used a concrete pigment to create that. When I mix the concrete I add
a powdered pigment. I'm hoping to achieve a mottled look at some
Parker: I have to say this is amazing. Is there anything else on the horizon?
Ryan: I'm still experimenting with this cement thing....I'm looking at maybe
adding gravel or possibly some wood fragments....just ideas right now.
Parker: Well, thanks very much for sharing your latest work with our readers.
It's always great to see what you've created. We look forward to your
Image above, "THE STARE", 30" x 40", painted concrete, by J Ryan Jobson.
Image above, "THE EAR", 24" x 30", painted concrete, by J Ryan Jobson.
Image above, "UNTITLED", 24"X 36", painted concrete, by J Ryan Jobson.
Many thanks to Ryan for allowing V&V to showcase his latest efforts. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and hope to once again host more of his incredible talent.