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Prof. Jason Pollen

Chair, Fiber Department

Kansas City Art Institute

Direct Phone: (816) ***-****       

Email: j***@***.edu

Kansas City Art Institute

4415 Warwick Boulevard

Kansas City, Missouri 64111

United States

Company Description

The Kansas City Art Institute, located in Kansas City, Mo., is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

President
Surface Design Association

Affiliations

Fellow
American Craft Council Inc

Education

B.F.A. Degree

City College of New York

graduate degrees
painting
City College of New York

master's degree

City College of New York

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JASON POLLEN BIO

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JASON POLLEN

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Jason Pollen says of his current work, "My recent fabric constructions echo the wordless world of the child at play. With undiminished curiosity, Pollen continues his creative explorations by coaxing bits of dyed cloth, bound together and animated by drawing with stitches and tangles of thread, into poignant truths that reflects his life's work and journey.
Jason Pollen received his undergraduate and graduate studies in painting at The City College of New York City. He was on the faculty of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute, in New York, before serving as chair of the fiber department at Kansas City Art Institute (1997-2010).
Pollen exhibits his fabric constructions internationally. He had designed textiles for dozens of fashion and home furnishings firms and has collaborated as scenic designer for the Kansas City Ballot. He was named Fellow by the American Crafts Council in 2006 and is President Emeritus of the Surface Design Association.


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Jurors: Jason Pollen, Robin Schwalb, Deborah Warner

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Juror: Jason Pollen, Chair, Fiber Dept., Kansas City Art Institute


North Country Studio Workshops :: surface design

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JASON POLLEN

Upside down, inside out, and backwards! Immerse yourself in a playful and innovative approach to collage, stressing composition and the fundamentals of surface design. Expand your visual language using drawing, painting, printing, fusing, and stitching as the tools to create dynamic, compelling artwork. The emphasis will be on experimentation and communicative mark-making. Open to all. Download Materials List.
Jason Pollen's work with fiber and surface design crosses many boundaries. Before serving as chair of the fiber department at Kansas City Art Institute, he was on the faculty of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. He was named Fellow by the American Crafts Council in 2006 and is President Emeritus of the Surface Design Association. Jason exhibits his fabric constructions internationally. He has designed textiles for dozens of fashion and home furnishings firms and has collaborated as scenic designer for the Kansas City Ballet. Jason was honored as Penland's 2012 Outstanding Artist Educator. In addition to being a textile artist and educator, he is a dedicated practitioner of Argentine tango.


KC textile innovator Jason ...

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KC textile innovator Jason Pollen is honored with a 30-year retrospective

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KC textile innovator Jason Pollen is honored with a 30-year retrospective
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"Unfurled, Series I-VI" is made of silk, cotton, dye and thread, and is part of the first part of the exhibit from Jason Pollen through Nov. 2 the Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. "Unfurled, Series I-VI" is made of silk, cotton, dye and thread, and is part of the first part of the exhibit from Jason Pollen through Nov. 2 the Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
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Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Jason Pollen has designed textiles for Chanel and Donna Karan, served as an influential president of the Surface Design Association and was chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute's fiber department from 1998 to 2010, after joining the faculty in 1983.
Well-known as an innovator in the field, he has also achieved a significant reputation as an artist who coaxes multiple ideas, emotions and responses from fiber.
This fall and winter, the Kansas City Central Library is honoring Pollen with a two-part retrospective, "Jason Pollen Unfurled: Thirty Years in Kansas City."
Part 1, on view through Nov. 2, reveals his extraordinary range of visual ideas and concepts. The second installment (Nov. 9-Jan. 4) will feature more work spanning his career, including some of Pollen's sketchbooks and his most recent work.
Pollen describes himself as "a painterly textile artist. The works in Part 1 also attest to his abiding love of nature and openness to a wide variety of textiles produced by other cultures.
"Forest/Trees IV" comprises strip-woven African cotton, twigs and thread. Pollen attached rows of small twigs to the earth-colored cotton with thick thread.
Some twigs are tightly bound with rows of stitching, and others are simply threaded on with looped thread. The multiple rows of variously hued twigs create a gentle rhythm.
"Forest/Trees I" from 1966 is the stripped-down prequel of "Forest/Trees IV. The twigs that Pollen picked up from a Parisian park are attached in a much simpler fashion and spaced more evenly.
The early version feels like meditative repetition, a working out of some inner question, an acknowledgment of being too impoverished to buy art supplies and perhaps a way to be in touch with the realness of twigs, thread and cloth.
The grids that appear in "Forest/Trees" and some of his other works suggest a kind of formal minimalism, a repeated way that Pollen organizes material.
The orderly grids are a soothing counterpoint to the chaos inherent in nature's bounty and also may suggest a musical score, a reference to Pollen's own musicality.
"Quartet" (2011) is four separate collages in cloth, tea dyes and a variety of stitches. Combining various fabrics, text, pigments and stitchery, Pollen creates a contemporary sampler. The four pieces are completely different, yet relate to one another through their color, texture and size.
By piecing together disparate fabric scraps, Pollen marries traditional quilting, embroidery and mending to contemporary practices of collage and abstraction.
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Pollen incorporates elements from his larger corpus of work, including abstraction, collage, stitching and translucent silks. Strung in six horizontal rows, these small flags flutter in the ambient air like the many prayers that they embody.
Similarly, movement and subtle shadows activate "Flicker" (2014). By attaching diminutive fabric squares, circles and rectangles to bits of wire embedded in the wall, Pollen creates a sculptural work that, as its title indicates, flutters and shimmers. The inspiration for the work emerged during a tai chi retreat in Colorado.
Pollen writes, "Standing next to an Aspen tree, I was enthralled watching the leaves twitch and tremble and reveal their two-tonedness. Returning home, I knew I had to make a piece, Flicker, that embodied that experience."
"Thirty Days" (1992) is an abstract, diaristic contemplation on a fallow time in Pollen's creativity. He made a 30-foot scroll out of thin strips of various fabrics that he adhered to a backing, producing one linear foot a day for 30 days.
At the end of this exercise, Pollen had broken through his creative block. Using two wooden finials, Pollen rolled up each end, leaving only a certain portion visible. Pollen marked time and emotion through the meditative accretion of these multicolored strips.
About his art-making he writes, "My daily, weekly, monthly, yearly art practice has led to a trust in being present for and attentive to what shows up," suggesting that a daily ritual, such as the exercise in "Thirty Days," can harvest something meaningful.
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Pollen embraces a broad definition of fiber, working for a time with rubber in a series of jet-dyed floor and table mats onto which he applied pigment, thread and other material. In "Milonga"(2004), a deep red background is scattered with organic, abstract black shapes in which tangles of thread are gathered.
To Pollen the shapes suggested a group of dancers. Milonga is both a musical genre and a place where tango is danced, a reference to Pollen's early life as a professional dancer and his continuing interest in tango.
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Jason Pollen has the insight, patience and perspective to recognize the gifts that are time, talent and simply being open to the shimmering inner and outer world within and around him.
On display
"Jason Pollen Unfurled: Thirty Years in Kansas City, Part 1" continues in the Genevieve Guldner Gallery at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., through Nov. 2. Part 2 opens Nov. 9 and continues through Jan. 4. Pollen will give an artist's lecture, "Jason Pollen Presents," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library. It will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. RSVP at kclibrary.org.
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KC textile innovator Jason Pollen is honored with a 30-year retrospective


North Country Studio Workshops :: surface design

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JASON POLLEN

Upside down, inside out, and backwards! Immerse yourself in a playful and innovative approach to collage, stressing composition and the fundamentals of surface design. Expand your visual language using drawing, painting, printing, fusing, and stitching as the tools to create dynamic, compelling artwork. The emphasis will be on experimentation and communicative mark-making. Open to all. Download Materials List.
Jason Pollen's work with fiber and surface design crosses many boundaries. Before serving as chair of the fiber department at Kansas City Art Institute, he was on the faculty of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. He was named Fellow by the American Crafts Council in 2006 and is President Emeritus of the Surface Design Association. Jason exhibits his fabric constructions internationally. He has designed textiles for dozens of fashion and home furnishings firms and has collaborated as scenic designer for the Kansas City Ballet. Jason was honored as Penland's 2012 Outstanding Artist Educator. In addition to being a textile artist and educator, he is a dedicated practitioner of Argentine tango.

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