Jason Kartez: Mobile Graphics Lab

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Jason Kartez is the first of three new Artist-in-Residents threaded together by the theme of nourishment. “Nourished” is a curatorial project inspired by Dominique Moody’s “Our Garden of Dreams,” a mobile community garden completed at the end of 2018. These three new and exciting artists will be hosted at Side Street Projects for one month each to lead workshops and create a project that nourishes body, creativity, shelter, nature, identity, and community.

Artist-in-Residence, Jason Kartez, will create a Mobile Graphics Lab. The Lab will be a completely portable teaching station and comics classroom equipped with the materials used for the creation of graphics. The project retools the idea of cookbooks and intergenerational dialogue by using comics as a medium to share knowledge about food and culture. Whether new recipes or old recipes handed down for generations, the mobile graphics lab will help participants exchange and share their cultural heritage and history through food and comic books. This project brings together the best parts of Side Street Project - community building, creativity, mobility, culture, and sustenance.

WORKSHOPS

Adventures In Getting Well
Saturday, February 9, 2019
11am - 1pm
@ Side Street Projects

For this comics workshop participants will bring a family recipe that can be used for curing a cold or supporting general health. Participants will create a comic book page that will include a short personal story about the mysterious medicinal and healing powers of food.

The Incredible Green$
Sub workshop: bring a t-shirt to screen print the Side Street logo on your shirt!
Saturday, February 16, 2019
11am - 1pm
@ Side Street Projects

For this comics workshop participants will focus on the economics of food. From food deserts to eating well on a budget, this workshop will generate a conversation about food in-equality. Participants will create a comic book page that shares their personal story about budgeting and healthy eating. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to screen print the Side Street logo on the shirts that they bring.

Closing Celebration
Saturday, February 23, 2019
2pm - 5pm
@ Side Street Projects

Marvel You-niverse
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9am - 11am
@ Pasadena Central Library

For this comics workshop participants will be asked to bring their favorite recipe from home. Pasadena Public Library’s collection of cook books can also be utilized for this workshop. Participants will create a comic book page using their recipe as inspiration in sharing memories and the joy of eating your favorite food.

Recipe Origin Story
Saturday, March 9, 2019
11am - 1pm
@ Side Street Projects

For this comics workshop participants will be asked to bring a family recipe that has been passed down for at least two generations. Participants will create an origin story that will include the family recipe and family history. The workshop will end with participants sharing their comic pages and learning new recipes and stories.


BIO

Originally from Freeport Maine Jason Kartez is an interdisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles California. Kartez holds an M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin Madison and a B.F.A. from Alfred University. Kartez’s art career has spanned such media as glass, sculpture, performance, neon, comics, wood and printmaking. Kartez has taught comics at the University of Wisconsin Madison and was the Horatio Alger Jr. Fellow for the study of American Pop Culture at Northern Illinois University. As an artist Kartez’s primary concern is the investigation of popular culture and the shadow cast by it. Jason also holds a deep love of food and its ability to be a mechanism for understanding, joy, and engagement.