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Car Crash Christ
5 hour performance 

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We’ve all been in a car crash, and if you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. After two rollover accidents, causing me temporary loss of eye sight, I thought it to be important to explore. I sat in the back seat of a 1991 convertible BMW 325i transformed into an automotive temple. The vehicle was raised then lowered by two tow trucks onto 4 large scale sculpted dice. When we leave our house in a car we are rolling the dice with our lives. The performance invited people to discuss their personal experiences with car crashes and seek to find just a little solace.  

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“While watching Jared’s performance, I didn't know if I should grab my camera or the fire extinguisher.”
—ERIC DALIMORE / CoFOUNDER LEON GALLERY

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“JDP's practice involves embracing the chaos that surrounds us through intuition and sensuous experience, deriving pleasure in the art making process and exploiting materials for their most essential qualities to produce art objects rife with personal mythology and supernatural powers.”
—JOHNNY DEFEO / VISUAL ARTIST

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Primal Ooze 

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Game Trail   Installation View  

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Every so often, a space oddity comes along and smashes into the art world. Producing work that doesn't fit neatly into an artist statement. Or into anything that resembles a description, really. Work that's not meant to be hung on gallery walls. But rather, work that's meant to be an experience. Communicating a particular human experience. A body of work that's like a tattoo of an artist's life written across this planet. Written with the fire and rocks and mud of this planet. Work that's aware that to create, we must destroy, and sometimes, what we must destroy are pieces of ourselves.

There's no straight line between Jared's life and the work on this site. Because his work is about life, and life does not have a narrative structure. That's something we add to it. He was born in Denver and studied art at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Then, Jared hit the road, immersing himself in a variety of experiential residencies and academic settings. He went to the outback to learn aboriginal painting techniques. In Bejing, he explored the techniques of Chinese masters. Spain, Cuba, France, Prague, and the UK Jared honed his work into an interdisciplinary practice that draws on everything from primitive painting to abstract impressionism, contemporary street photography, and minimal Japanese handbuilt aesthetics.

Prehistoric. Modern. Global. Americana. The sacred and the mundane. Jared's work holds it all. Because this is pure art. This is creation. And it's more expansive than the linguistical capabilities of our minds.     

Easy Rider
Easy Rider

ink and pigment on rice paper on panel

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James Dean is Dead
James Dean is Dead

ink and pigment on rice paper on panel

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New Patriot #1-#3
New Patriot #1-#3

pure pigment powder on paper

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When the Flag Hits the Ground
When the Flag Hits the Ground

burnt sculpted wood

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WTF America?  LOL, you are so weird!
WTF America? LOL, you are so weird!

boxing gloves and patina on bronze panel

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WTF America?  LOL, you are so weird!
WTF America? LOL, you are so weird!

boxing gloves and patina on bronze panel

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Dead Dad Club
Dead Dad Club

sculpted wood with ink, char and gold leaf (in front of TV installation)

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Bones of a Poet
Bones of a Poet

Buffalo taxidermy, buffalo skull, hamburger wrapper, found wood with pigment and char

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Bones of a Poet
Bones of a Poet

Buffalo taxidermy, buffalo skull, hamburger wrapper, found wood with pigment and char

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Bones of a Poet
Bones of a Poet

Buffalo taxidermy, buffalo skull, hamburger wrapper, found wood with pigment and char

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Dump Koch
Dump Koch

ink on rice paper on canvas, coyote taxidermy, bricks, barbed wire

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Dump Koch
Dump Koch

based on Mayor wanting to use wolves to stop graffiti

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The Green Horn
The Green Horn

TV installation

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The Green Horn
The Green Horn

TV installation

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Miners Prefer Pepsi, Cowboys Prefer Coke
Miners Prefer Pepsi, Cowboys Prefer Coke

Hamburger wrapper, vintage soda cans, ink

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New Patriot Warrior
New Patriot Warrior

Repurposed photograph with gold leaf and ink

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New Patriot Altar
New Patriot Altar

candles, soda cans, photos, found wood on vintage piano

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Dead Dad Club
Dead Dad Club

sculpted wood with ink, char and gold leaf (in front of TV installation)

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Gravity Web   Ink on Paper

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Natural Minimal

Interview from The New Heroes Issue № 03

Lean with shaggy blond hair, piercing clear eyes and wearing a weathered blue leather jacket Jared David Paul is hardly a miner, just a modest adventurer but he is, nonetheless, trapped in a cave for six hours. He’s clawing at the paper covering the opening that separates him from the outside world. He’s scratching with sticks, and jabbing with brushes and ink— but he’s not trying to get out. Its a self-imposed imprisonment and Jared is making art. It’s a performance and an inquisition. He wants to understand how people will interpret the cave’s opening that he’s making art on. What do they see? A man trapped? A piece of art? Magic? This is paradigm JDP. He’s insatiably curious and creative in his execution and his outcome. He’s doing what we’re all seeking, what we’ve turned to myths to for centuries: he’s trying to make sense of his world of the tyranny, the tragedy, the unexpected joy. Jared is seeking to understand the human experience— his medium is art.

Are you interested in storytelling in your art?


As much as I love stories, I wouldn’t say my art is necessarily concerned with a traditional narrative. It’s not like there’s a beginning and then a linear this, then (that), then this. But I am interested in telling a human story.

 

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“I’ve known Jared for more than 25 years and have always been impressed with his creative genius.  He is the consummate artist, always exploring new ways of giving life to his unique vision.  Jared not only makes great art, he curates great art with the same personal and professional care he devotes to all his art.”
—ANTHONY BOCCACCIO / MENTOR

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Proton Collider Birth

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Jared David Paul Anderson

July 4, 2009

Los Angeles, CA

Enjoy the whole book here.

Late fall LA Afternoon as I lay laid off or fired. Maybe I quit long ago stopped trying wanting doing.

Slept in the fat lady on the hill, sitting content among the mustard willow and the acid pink view of downtown.

Fires up north cancelled my dinner and allowed me inhalation of the rich folks burned beige carpets, subtle flesh stuccos, Grandpa’s unread classics, synthetic silk wall paper, acrylic chandeliers reflecting pasty white colors.

So I did some of my own burning -goat-head weeds and wild and dried grasses ungreen.

 

This was a place where I lived for one year.

 

The Urban Settlement is.

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