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Jason M. Rondinelli
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gravesend



ARTIST STATEMENT: Drywall, cabbage juice and coconut oil, rotting roses and cedar planks — these physical materials are the extensions of my memory, intention and pleasure. From warm memories of bathhouses and the flesh of others to managing illness at home, my artwork distills a lived experience into material reality. These materials take the shape of sculptural networks that serve as biographical biomes. The architectural and organic components of the work are sourced from my own experience and the surreal writings of French novelist, Jean Genet. Jean Genet has expanded my ideas about aesthetics and desire. In a single statement he pairs the sweet smell of wisteria with an acidic description of sexual initiation. Reading him has helped me contextualize my work within a continuum of queer male experience and aids me in envisioning bolder forms of sociality and sculpture. I draw from his many floral references as a type of ingredient list, assembling them throughout my sculptures as a way to interject their metaphorical associations to the body, death and love. The placement of these signs within the porous surface of drywall or cedar, affects them, changing their form and making them fragrant. Though some of these floral references are not directly decipherable, it is my hope that the work performs in a primal manner similar to Genet’s exclamation, "I shit out my guts in his presence" where "wilted flowers would grow.”
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  • Genet's Bed Exhibition Shot
    2017
    drywall, wood, metal, ceramic, refrigerator, coconut oil with healing herbs and cabbage and cabbage juice
    Dimensions Vary

  • Untitled
    2017
    drywall, wood, metal, ceramic, refrigerator, coconut oil with healing herbs
    24” x 59” x 56”
    The trays contain healing herbs mixed with coconut oil. On other locations of the form oils are rubbed into the drywall surface. The smell of the oils is noticeable when standing next to the form.

  • Blue Java
    2017
    drywall, wood, metal, ceramic, satin, coconut oil with healing herbs, cabbage and cabbage juice
    48” x 53” x 58”
    Boiled cabbage was placed in the satin sacks and their pungent smell was noticeable. The use of cabbage is a reference to a quote in Jean Genet’s, Miracle of the Rose, where he writes of “

  • Genet’s Bed
    2017
    drywall, wood, metal, ceramic, PVC pipe, rope, rubber, coconut oil with healing herbs, cabbage and cabbage juice
    61” x 98” x 63”
    Boiled cabbage was placed on PVC pipe which funneled juice into ceramic containers below. The containers also held abstracted forms cast in coconut oil and herbs.

  • Genet's Bed
    2017
    drywall, wood, metal, ceramic, PVC pipe, rope, rubber, coconut oil with healing herbs, cabbage and cabbage juice
    61” x 98” x 63”

  • Genet's Bed Detail
    2017
    drywall, wood, metal, ceramic, PVC pipe, rope, rubber, coconut oil with healing herbs, cabbage and cabbage juice
    61” x 98” x 63”

  • Love Machine (front piece) & Exhibition Shot
    2018
    cedar, metal, ceramic, plexiglas, humidifiers, cabbage and cabbage juice
    32” x 44” x 53”
    Within the interior of the form were ceramic vessels containing water with humidifiers that turned on throughout the day. The steam released into the form, wetting the dried cabbage and cedar. It also

  • Love Machine
    2018
    cedar, metal, ceramic, plexiglas, humidifiers, cabbage and cabbage juice
    32” x 44” x 53”

  • Untitled
    2018
    hand-made tile, metal, live rose and yarrow weed, cabbage and cabbage juice, composted plants from the exhibition
    31” x 103” x 74”
    Prior to the exhibition opening, cabbage juice was dripped onto the floor and dried leaving blue stains. When the water from the humidifiers accumulated it re-wet the juice creating blue liquid stream

  • Untitled & Divers (left to right)
    2018
    cedar, metal, ceramic, plexiglas, live and cut roses, cabbage and cabbage juice
    The ceramic tiles were modeled after a type of ancient roman bath tile called, tegula mammata, or “tile with nipples”. Each tile had 4 “nipples” on the bottom.

  • Divers
    2018
    cedar, metal, ceramic, plexiglas, string, roses, cabbage and cabbage juice
    72” x 31” x 34”
    Visible from the back are pieces of rotting cabbage inside the form.

  • Divers, Detail
    2018
    cedar, metal, ceramic, plexiglas, string, roses, cabbage and cabbage juice
    72” x 31” x 34”
 








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