- Matthews, NC
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The central theme I explore in my creative process and works is the idea of control, both in the physical world around us and within our own consciousness. I am fascinated by the physical means of control we encounter throughout our daily lives such as locks, ladders, gates, and access hatches. I am also deeply interested in the overt and covert influence of the unseen structures and systems of everyday existence that modify our experiential reality such as storm drains, sewers, utility maintenance areas, steam tunnels, and industrial facilities. Through the creation of my sculptural forms and objects, I seek to explore the nature of the unconscious mind, and create physical representations and reinterpretations of the structures of my internal mental landscape that represent a re-constructed reality. By taking ones innermost fears and insecurities and creating physical representations, one is able to identify and control the subconscious forces at play within ones mental landscape.
Jason Stein is a jeweler, metalsmith, and sculptor living in Matthews, NC. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Metals and Jewelry Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and then pursued and received his Masters of Fine Art in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2010. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and symposiums such as the “4th Annual International Belt Buckle Championships”, “Carolina's Got Art” at Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, “State of Matter: Juried Small Iron works” at STEAMworks in Scranton, PA, the International Iron Casting Symposium in Kellokoski, Finland, and the “Stone/Color” land art symposium and exhibition at Pedvale Sculpture Park in Latvia.
"I come from a traditional fine craft background, and my creative process and studio practice focuses on the idea of control, both in the physical world around us and within our own consciousness. I am interested both visually and historically in the technology of machinery and manufacturing, industrial landscapes and aesthetics, locks and security devices, and methods and structures of access and control. My recent work deals with the interpretation of jewelry and sculptural forms as a gateway into the inner workings of one's mental structures and internal thought processes. Through the creation of my sculptural forms and objects, I seek to explore the nature of the unconscious mind, and create physical representations and reinterpretations of the structures of one's internal mental landscape."
412.779.9788 / Jason@JasonSteinMetals.com
Master of Fine Art – Metal Design Program
East Carolina University, School of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Art – Jewelry/Metals Department
Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts
AWARDS / EXHIBITIONS
“The Juried Art Show”, Imperial Arts Center - Rocky Mount, NC
Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient – Funds to purchase an oxygen-acetylene torch setup for casting and welding sculptural and jewelry forms. - Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, NC and Union County Community Arts Council
“Handcrafted", Imperial Arts Center - Rocky Mount, NC
“Collective Voices: An Alumni Exhibition”, East Carolina University- Greenville, NC
“(Up)Setting The Stone", We Are SNAG Membership Series - Online Exhibition
“4th Annual World Belt Buckle Championships", Honorable Mention - Online Exhibition / Bozeman, MT
"Tri-State Sculptors Member Exhibition", Sarah Smith Self Gallery, Randolph Arts Guild - Asheboro, NC
"DADA SOIREE: AN ABSURD ART SHOW", C3 Lab - Charlotte, NC
"State of Matter: Juried Small Iron Works", STEAMWorks - Scranton, PA
“East Carolina University Alumni Exhibition”, Gray Gallery - Greenville, NC
“Carolinas Got Art! June Salon Exhibition”, Elder Gallery - Charlotte, NC
“Mint Hill Arts Fine Art Center August Exhibition”, The Gallery at Mint Hill Arts - Mint Hill, NC
“Spring Into Art”, Charlotte Art League - Charlotte, NC
“Carolinas Got Art! Juried Exhibition”, Elder Gallery - Charlotte, NC
“Carolinas Got Art! July Salon Exhibition”, Elder Gallery - Charlotte, NC
“Spring Into Art”, 2nd Place Award, Charlotte Art League - Charlotte, NC
“La Noche Del Brooch”, Equinox Gallery - San Antonio, TX
“The Power of Innovation: Art Inside the New Energy Age”, Charlotte Art League - Charlotte, NC
“Shifting Traditions: Student Exhibition”, ECU Leo Jenkins School of Art/Design - Greenville, NC
“Surreal Worlds”, Solo Exhibition, Uptown Art Gallery - Greenville, NC
“Metals Alumni Exhibition”, Bevier Gallery - Rochester, NY
“Surreal Worlds: Sculptural Forms and the Architecture of the Unconscious” – Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Greenville, NC
“Westmoreland Art Nationals”, “Best of Show” Award - Latrobe, PA
“Research Works By”, Burroughs Welcome Gallery - Greenville, NC
“Adroit”, Mendenhall Student Center Gallery - Greenville, NC
“Material Topics: Student Show”, Jenkins Fine Art Building - Greenville, NC
“2nd Annual Joyner Library Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition”, Joyner Library, Greenville, NC
“4th Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition” - Tempe, AZ
“Indeterminate Causalities”, Two-Person Exhibition, Jenner Art Gallery - Jennerstown, PA
“Aftermath”, Solo Exhibition, Cabarrus Arts Council - Concord, NC
“1st Annual Joyner Library Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition” - Greenville, NC
“Raw Talent III”, 1st Place and Honorable Mention, Cabarrus Arts Council - Concord, NC
“Westmoreland Art Nationals”, (2 Exhibitions) - Latrobe, PA
“Group Senior Show”, Visual Studies Workshop Gallery - Rochester, NY
“Overflow”, SNAG Conference Exhibition, Jen Library Gallery - Savannah, GA
“Close To The Skin”, Armory Art Center - West Palm Beach, FL
“Studio Resident Assistant Exhibition”, Touchstone Center for Crafts - Farmington, PA
“Student Honors Exhibition”, Bevier Gallery - Rochester, NY
“Surreal Landscapes”, Juried Exhibition, Gallery R - Rochester, NY
“Student Honors Exhibition”, Bevier Gallery - Rochester, NY
Introductory Chasing and Repoussé – 2-Day Workshop
Jewelry + Metal Arts Collective, Charlotte, NC
Taught a 2-day workshop covering traditional chasing and repousseé techniques, tool-making and application of straight liners, planishers, and embossing tools, working with pitch and preparing pitch bowls, and developing line, volume and surface.
Intro. To Jewelry-Making – Continuing Education Course
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
Taught 8-week Mon/Wed 2-hour introductory course to metalsmithing and jewelry techniques and processes: piercing, filing, sanding, drilling, cold-joining, soldering, hammer textures and stamping, patina use, and jewelry construction. Gave demonstrations, lectures, and critiques.
2011 to Present
Bench Jeweler/Goldsmith, Perry’s of SouthPark
Repair and custom design of vintage and estate jewelry, diamond and gemstone setting, fabrication, client-driven design process, ring sizing, stone remounts, refinishing, polishing, and restoration of silver holloware and flatware.
Studio Assistant to sculptor Jonathan Bowling (Spring 2011)
Cleaned and organized studio materials, supplies, and equipment. Performed welding, grinding, bending, forming, and finishing/painting operations in the creation of one-of-a-kind steel sculptures. Constructed wood stretcher frames and found- object wood assemblage sculptures, and assisted with loading and unpacking work for distribution to galleries and shops.
Metal Design Survey – Instructor of Record (Fall 10 Semester)
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Taught introductory metalsmithing and jewelry theory, techniques, and processes: piercing, drilling, cold-joining, chain making, soldering, box making, torch textures, chasing/repousse, forging, drawing wire, patinea's, sand blasting, acid etching
Gave demonstrations, lectures, and critiques.
Visiting Artist, Penn State School of Visual Arts, State College, PA
Gave slide presentation of work, discussed technical process’s, development of concept and aesthetic considerations.
Taught a direct metal bronze casting workshop with demonstration and student participation.
Teaching Assistant, Rochester Institute of Technology
Assisted students with projects, gave demonstrations, and prepared materials for the Freshman Metals Elective. Monitored students during open studio hours, assisted with machine and tool usage, cleaned and maintained facilities, including acid and flammable liquid cabinets, casting area, soldering stations, and forming areas.
Studio Assistant to Jan Loney, Metalier Studio (Summer 08)
Assisted in the creation of production jewelry and commission pieces in gold and silver.
Tasks included fabrication, forming, soldering, and finishing.
Studio Resident Assistant, Touchstone Center for Crafts
Maintained the Metals/Jewelry studio and equipment, assisted students, prepared
demonstrations and materials for instructors who included: Linda Darty, Lisa Glasser, Chris Darway, James Thurman, and Robert Dancik.
Shop Technician, Rochester Institute of Technology
Maintained facilities and equipment for the Jewelry/Metals studio, handled and stored used chemicals, prepared tools and materials for visiting artist Lisa Glasser.
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.