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# 31 July, 2014 02:15

Darren Hayman at Cake Shop

Darren Hayman at Cake Shop, July 26, 2014

I was lucky to snag a choice corner from which to sketch Darren Hayman performing on Saturday night. It was a wonderful set from someone I wasn’t sure I’d ever have a chance to see in person. This was his first US show in 15 years. I’m a big fan of Darren’s old band, Hefner, and I’ve recently started checking out all the music he’s released post-Hefner (which hasn’t been released in the US). It’s great stuff! There aren’t many songwriters who achieve the balance he does, between passion and jadedness, humor and pain, nostalgia and novelty. And he managed to get a very un-New-York-like singalong happening for the coda of “The Greedy Ugly People”, especially after he (fairly) admonished us to “stop singing like fucking indie kids.”

Cake Shop was an ideal venue; it seems to be the only rock club in Manhattan where anything worthwhile happens anymore. I had a nice chat with Darren after the show, and showed him this sketch, though it probably looks better here than it did under the dim barroom lights. I’d discovered via Twitter that Darren is an urban sketcher, too! His watercolor postcards are great.

# 30 July, 2014 13:28

See you at the opening at BRIC tonight! Here’s a map:

See you at the opening at BRIC tonight! Here’s a map:
# 19 July, 2014 00:10

Show of My Large Urban Sketch Paintings at BRIC House, July 30-August 31

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Come see my large urban sketch paintings at BRIC House, between July 30 and August 31. BRIC House is located at the corner of Fulton Street and Rockwell Place in the Fort Greene side of Downtown Brooklyn; basically halfway between BAM and Fulton Mall. Free admission, 8am-10pm.

The opening reception will be 6pm-9pm on Wednesday, July 30. It’s part of BRIC’s Summer Art Social, which includes a performance by Thessia Machado, open studios with ruby onyinyechi amanze and Miryana Todorova, and Laura Anderson Barbata giving a tour of the amazing Transcommunality stilt puppets. It should be a very fun evening! I really like BRIC and the work they do for the arts in Brooklyn; it’s an honor to have my work shown there.

Some of these paintings have been shown before, but there’ll be a bunch of newer work, also.

BRIC presents the work of artist Jason Das as part of a spotlight on members of BRIC’s online Contemporary Artist Registry. Das’s work will be on view in the hallway across from the Ballroom at BRIC House.

Jason Das is an interdisciplinary artist, organizer, instigator, and concerned neighbor, based in Crown Heights. He serves as President of the global nonprofit Urban Sketchers, dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing. As Das notes, “The paintings exhibited at BRIC House are an effort to magnify observational urban sketchbook work to wall-sized, while preserving the energy and spontaneity. Creating these large sketches on location can also act as a mild artistic intervention, enabling conversation and demonstration sessions with passers-by in neighborhoods that don’t see a lot of plein air painters. There are compelling compositions everywhere in the city, not just in conventionally picturesque settings. While “authenticity” can be a distractingly loaded concept in Brooklyn today, there’s no doubt that our vast borough (and the whole metro area) has plenty of under-documented corners.”

# 17 June, 2014 13:46

My Subway Sketches in Canadian Transit Stations

Here’s some photos from the Drawing the Line: Artists Drawing in Transit” digital exhibit I was part of earlier this year in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, Canada. I didn’t have a chance to visit in person, so it’s great to see these!

I’ll try to do a post soon featuring the original images that were included in the show, a sort of “best of” my transit sketches over a few years.

# 16 May, 2014 01:00

Moleskine City Stories at Columbus Circle, May 17

As part of Moleskine’s new City Stories partnership with Urban Sketchers, I’ll be at the Columbus Circle Moleskine Store from 10am-6pm on Saturday, May 17, demoing, answering questions, and encouraging people to sketch. I’ll also lead a “learning session” at 4pm. 

Come by to sketch, or just to say hi! (There’s some instructions to follow on their site if you want a free sketchbook.)

I’m proud to be representing Urban Sketchers alongside Suma CM at Columbus Circle, and Richard Alomar and Josiah Hanchett who will be down at the Soho Moleskine Store. (Also, big thanks to Elizabeth Alley, who organized this for Urban Sketchers!)

# 06 March, 2014 17:22

From March 3-April 16, six of my NYC public transit sketches are on display in Canada, on digital billboards in the Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary transit systems, as part of “Drawing the Line: Artists Drawing in Transit.”

I am one of 13 sketchers (and 6 New Yorkers!) in the exhibition, and I am in very good company. Let’s hope we can inspire more people to sketch in the cities where the show is!

From March 3-April 16, six of my NYC public transit sketches are on display in Canada, on digital billboards in the Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary transit systems, as part of “Drawing the Line: Artists Drawing in Transit.”
I am one of 13 sketchers (and 6 New Yorkers!) in the exhibition, and I am in very good company. Let’s hope we can inspire more people to sketch in the cities where the show is!
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I’m Jason Das.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

I’m a visual artist, illustrator, musician, composer, songwriter, web developer, web designer, writer, editor, organizer, instigator, and concerned neighbor. (Perhaps other things, too. Never hurts to ask.)

I still believe in e-mail and can be reached at jason@jasondas.com.

I serve as President of the wonderful global nonprofit Urban Sketchers.

The best way to see the largest quantity of my visual artwork is via Flickr, though pieces may show up here that don't show up there, and some pieces may show up elsewhere entirely.

Sometimes I act like I remember I have accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

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I shape sounds and interpret situations as a member of The Glass Bees.

In a past life, I co-founded and co-operated Vegan Drinks and SuperVegan. I’m still very much vegan, just not organzing anything on that front these days.

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