Some artists like to create things from whatever they can lay their crafty paws on. Jason Kerley is no stranger to this, incorporating everything from googly eyes and cassette tapes into his art. Not exclusively a “found-item” artist, he also dabbles in music, illustration, graphic design, making zines and curating exhibitions. Not too shabby for a young Londoner. We pinned him down to find out some more about his creative ways.
What’s your typical day like?
Not typical, but today was a good one; it was spent cutting out limbs and organs from cardboard, interspersed with ale drinking with my good friend Catherine Watson.
Your house is burning down – what do you save first?
I would probably die in this situation; my room is a like a cave built from teenager’s cork-boards. But instead of gig tickets and letters from girlfriends / boyfriends, every surface is covered in objects of both a profound and preposterous nature. I love everything in here so much I would probably loose the will to live if it were ablaze, quietly letting the flames drift over me. I even curated an exhibition out of it once.
What’s your earliest memory?
Not sure about my earliest, but a chunk of my childhood which I often fondly remember is of times spent listening to Jean Michel Jarre in my Dad’s Capri whilst he drove through the countryside.
You’re holding a dinner party and can invite 5 people – who’s coming (dead or alive)?
This is an overwhelming question; but understating it’s really a way of discovering who people respect and hold in high regard; here is a list of 5 names I think are worth a google:
Daniel Sparkes, Laurie Taylor, Kitty Clark, David O’Rielly & Matthew Collings.
You’re getting a superhero power – what do you choose?
Do you have any secret talents up your sleeve?
I have been dubbed ‘Rainman’ of Hexit, I’m also a dab-hand at Bishi-Bashi Special.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be up to?
The two briefs I should be working on tonight, one involves drawing melting skulls and the other making a postminamilist installlation based on time travel conspiracies.
Keep updated with Jason’s projects over on his website and blog.