Thursday, May 21, 2009

subway sculpture






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Today I took to the streets with a sculpture. I hung it at the 53/51st street Lexington station.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Taking it to the street.


I just stepped into new territory. I put a Donate Button on my website.
I'm not sure how people will respond to this. Will I be chastised for this as if some shameful begging or will people view this as a reasonable way to support artists who make experiential work?
Please go to the Support page on my website and click the donate button. Just so I can be sure it's working. ;-)
http://www.jasonhackenwerth.com/?goto=support

My thanks to Amanda Sanfilippo at BCA Firehouse Gallery for using the term "experiential," to describe my work.

Monday, May 18, 2009


It's a crying shame that the twenty minutes of rain at 9 am scared me off from making my Megamite at the Met.
I have every intention of trying again this coming Saturday.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Tomorrow is Met Megamite day!

Here is what happened the last time I threw down a blanket and made a Megamite in Manhattan.

See you soon.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

You Megamite!


The past week has been a time of introspection and incubation. Sometimes after big events I feel creatively bankrupt and need time to recharge before new ideas can start to be realized.
This time is different because my studio is closed. The building my studio is in remains shut down because of the stairwell collapse. Not having a studio to go to work to has me a little upside down. I have had to consider other ways of "going to work."

Among some other projects I am working on from home, I plan to begin making wearable sculptures in public places here in Manhattan. The first place will be on the sidewalk in front of the MET this coming Saturday April 16th.

The plan is to throw down a blanket and start blowing up balloons. I will spend about three or four hours making a wearable sculpture and another three or four hours performing in it. My goal is to get people to put the sculpture on, have their picture taken and hopefully, email me the photos to post here on the blog. I want everyone to get in the Megamite!

I do not intend to ask for permission so I may get shut down. If so I will try moving to Central Park for construction and once the sculpture is made I will wear it around all over the Museum Mile on 5th.
Construction should start around 8 am. With any luck the sculpture will be ready to wear by noonish.

If you are in town, please come out and get your picture taken in the Megamite! See you soon.

pictured, Brandon Wolf in the Megamite 2008

Thursday, May 7, 2009




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It is great to be home in New York City after my three weeks of travel. My last trip was to Chicago where I created a sculpture for AXA art insurance group at Art Chicago art fair. The project was commissioned by Brian Shannon at AXA and facilitated by Ryan Schulz. Pictured above.
The shaggy one in the middle is me.
Art Chicago was a fantastic weekend. I met lots of great people and hope to be putting projects together in the not so distant future with some of them.

Now that I am home I have some catching up to do with my emails and proposals but first I wanted to get some of the good stuff from Art Chicago on here.

This video shows me cutting up my sculpture that was titled Pig Tale. I got so tired of hearing about Swine Flu all week that I just couldn't resist. Oing Oing...

While creating the work, CNN came out to interview me and get some footage. It will be a segment on their show called Edge Of Discovery. I will let you know when it comes out in a few weeks. Yay!!!

Thanks for following along.