Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

I have been a long time fan of collage art and the many ways that you can manipulate and juxtapose paper, whether it is made from maps, layered photographs, or old school from several different sources. I finally had the pleasure of seeing the talent behind two artists that I had admired from afar in person, Alex Eckman-Lawn, and Jason Chen, at this year’s Art on Paper Exhibition. Separately they have unique approaches to collage art and display, Alex utilizes a layering technique along with collage art that provides depth to each of his pieces, while Jason uses multiple photos of the same subject and weaves them together to create an illusion of displaced time. Last year, they debuted their collaborative efforts showcase entitled “Asynchronist” and now they continue to blow me away with their latest series. Enjoy!

Jason Chen: Photo Weaving Reveals Time Displacement

About Jason Chen
Jason Chen is originally from Guangzhou, China. He received his BFA in Animation from the University of Arts in 2008. Jason is a Philadelphia based Photographer specializing in Fashion, Editorial, and Alternative Process Photography. He is the Co-Founder of Paradigm Gallery + Studio and Juggling Wolf (a film and animation production studio). Jason’s work has been displayed in galleries and venues including Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Crane Arts, The Light Room Gallery, Trust Gallery, Kimmel Center, and Commerce Square.

Paradigm Gallery + Art on Paper New York 2017 - Alex Eckman

About Alex Eckman-Lawn
Alex Eckman-Lawn creates multi-layered, hand-cut, paper collages using everything from his original digital paintings to imagery from old medical texts. Each layer is spaced, creating a depth that draws you into the works. His work has appeared in comic books, on album covers, book covers, T-shirts, music videos, and posters. His cut paper works have most recently been on display at SCOPE Miami Beach, Art on Paper NY, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Arch Enemy Arts, Art Dept., Gallery 1988, Crane Arts Ice Box, Bottleneck Gallery, and more. Eckman-Lawn received his BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2007 and is a Philadelphia native.

Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen had looked forward to doing some pieces together for a long time, but neither of them actually knew HOW it would turn out. Alex felt they he would obscuring Jason’s work, or that they wouldn’t feel cohesive. Much later, they were both thrilled to find that in combining their work, the end result felt unlike a compromise but in fact, reinforced, stronger and more complete than ever.

“Both Alex and I create work about being uncomfortable with one’s existence. Although our presentations diverge, we shared a similar statement, which explores the insecurities of our body and mind.” – Jason Chen

Their collaboration in an exhibition at Paradigm Gallery + Studio was titled “Asynchronist” since Alex’s technique differs from Jasons. (Alex subtracts part of the image to create depth, and Jason combines two images together.) They decided to take three different approaches to see which would work best for them.

First, Jason presented a subject and Alex created the environment around it, this is titled “Confession”.

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Confession
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Confession – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Confession – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Second, Alex provided the environment, and Jason completed his design with his subject, this is titled “Hollow”.

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Hollow
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Hollow – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Hollow – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Third, Alex illustrated a figure, then Jason photographed a counterpart using his illustration as a reference, this is titled “Asynchronist”.

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Asynchronist
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Asynchronist – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Asynchronist – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

At the Art on Paper exhibition, they created tryptic where they discussed the shape and color scheme ahead of time, and they feel that it shows in the finished pieces.

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Procession
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Procession – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Procession – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

“I particularly love the way Jason handled the color of his subject in “Procession,” and really appreciate how it relates to the other work I made for Art On Paper. I’m looking forward to seeing if this two-color technique makes its way into his solo work. It has this really theatrical kind of Giallo feeling to it that I can’t get enough of.” – Alex Eckman-Lawn

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Eidolon
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Eidolon – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Eidolon – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

“There was actually one last-minute substitution in making these pieces,” Alex mentions, “we had initially intended for the figures in “Eidolon” and “Consolation” to be switched, but right before putting them in the frame, we found they worked much better the way they are now. I still kind of can’t believe how lucky we were, haha! This was really exciting to me since it’s part of what makes collage art so compelling – not just creating an image but training your eye to recognize a good combination.”

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Consolation
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Consolation – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Asynchronist: A Collage Art Collaboration Between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen

Consolation – Details
Cut paper/collage + Photo Weaving

Love what you see, be sure to follow their work on Instagram at @alexeckmanlawn and @thatchinesekid and thank you for sharing with me guys!

images courtesy of Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen, via direct submission

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