Sneakers have long been considered functional pieces of art and rightfully so. A blend of colorways, material and design has made them not only utilitarian, but also visually striking. Albeit world wide, the sneaker culture is still closely knit, if even primarily in their appreciations. This rarified movement is the inspiration behind Jason Dussault’s latest show: KickBack. An homage to a selection of his favorite sneakers growing up, Jason has taken his unique application of mosaic tile-work and applied it to the medium of a range of classic kicks. The installation debuted at Scope Miami during Art Basel in the guise of a pop up shoe store, the pieces themselves highlighted inside of foil stamped plexiglass boxes. Although the word KickBack evokes feelings of relaxation and calmness, by reimagining an item of comfort and function, Jason Dussault has yet again taken familiar terminology and turned it on its head. KickBack is not only a show for sneakerheads but is indeed a commentary on one of the most influential and inspiring movements in pop culture.
Jason creates an homage to one of the most primitive yet connected mediums in art history, the mosaic. By combining tile, paint, grout, resin and vintage porcelain, Jason has re-envisioned a 4,000 year old craft that has spawned masterpieces and, has made it his own. A true labor of love, Jason’s pieces are created over a two to four week process which he navigates on his own accord, free from assistants or interns. His dedication, curiosity and, sacrifice have culminated in humbleness, the true mark of an artist.
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