BURN: Jason D’Aquino’s Matchbook Art

Remember when you got matches at every restaurant or venue? They are a lost art nowadays but Jason’s art makes them immortal. He creates tiny works on found surfaces, such as matchbooks, old vellums and antique ledgers. Small, tightly rendered little wonderments, graphites with highlights. His collection on matchbooks came as a desire to easily demonstrate the detail in his works, so that people would be able to compare it in scale, to a common object. Jason is a fantastic tattoo artist as well and is the owner of Leviathan in upstate New York.
From an interview in MetalInk- 
MI: …you were influenced by your mother, who was also an artist?
Jason: When I was really young, I used to hassle her to draw this, draw that. It amazed me the way she could pull something out of thin air. It was the closest thing I’d ever seen to magic. Pencil instead of a wand but just a few flicks of the wrist and you have something out of nowhere, and it affected me. I wanted to be able to do what she was able to do. I didn’t want to be a fireman, or a policeman like other kids.” 

Current Exhibitions:
Niagara Falls, NY
Thru Sept. 18th, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
“Crazy 4 Cult” book release and exhibit
July 7th – 9th, 2011

Originally posted in the Eclectix BURN Issue, June 2011,
 along with the permanent online exhibit of fire-related art, LINK HERE.

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