Jason Ware

Unsupervised Learning I, II & III.
2017 Christchurch. Steel and Lacquer. $450 each.


I’ve always enjoyed the tangible in art practice, from the smell of materials to the warmth left in my hands.

For the last six years I have been developing a certain form of lattices and networks. I have been encouraging chance and irregularity, which I discovered is easier in thought. I like to draw on all senses to drum up ideas; listening to music, observing, walking and other activities seem to conjure ideas that I then evaluate and progress.

Originally trained as an engineering surveyor, I am also a  graduate of the University Of Canterbury School Of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture. I also practise other art forms such as collage, photography, film and sound. My work has appeared in a number of solo and group shows in Christchurch and abroad. I have always enjoyed the sciences, particuarly physics and biology. Mechanics, electronics and sound all feature in my work.


Artist statement

In my second job as an engineering surveyor, I am been working on the NCTIR project, re-connecting Kaikoura and further north by rail and road. This project deals with networks, steel, links connections, the repair of existing networks and the growth of new ones. With the NCTIR work, I have been using innovative techniques such as drones and data transfers. My works for this show draw upon this.

I’m concerned with evolution, anthropology, innovation and the landscape. I enjoy exploring form, texture and colour in my work. I am looking at the boundaries of perception and interpretation. When do we see an object and when do we comprehend it? I visit Nietzsche’s Dance Floor as often as possible, getting ideas from mis-perception and chance.  I am fascinated by the idea of an object that can express practical and conceptual function, through its visual and tactile features – be they mechanical or otherwise. My drive is to develop these inchoate problems.  Ideas appear as abstract thoughts from various starting points, and then evolve through drawings, collages, maquettes and material trials. Through rational and intuitive reckoning, I construct prototypes in response to my experiences and corresponding ideas.