Javier Jasso is an artist born in Chicago and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. He lives and works on the Southside of Chicago, Back of the Yards neighborhood. Javier is a metaphorical and literal builder. Many of the materials he uses come from recycled sources such as metal, plaster, plastic concrete and wood, materials that he collects from his neighborhood, along with ceramic, a medium and practice that he carries with him from his hometown of alfareros in Guadalajara, Mexico, and that he also links to his birth place, Chicago, a city that was known for its brick and ornament terracotta factories in the early 1900s.
Through sculptures and installations, he challenges, and doubts our assumptions of space, and place. He uses these materials because they produce an entry point into questions around foundation for protective structures in global society, nomadism, ideas of selfhood, origin, home and displacement.
He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from The University of Illinois of Chicago. He was a fellow at the DFI where he was awarded $12,000. Javier’s shows include: Co-prosperity Sphere, Ignition Project Space, Evanston Art Center, Humboldt Park Vocational Center, McLean County Art Center, Gallery 400, University Club Chicago, and Sullivan Gallery.
Publications: TheComp magazine, New Art Examiner, Spontaneous Vegetation podcast, New City.
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