Installation, May 1st, 2021
When you first come upon Jeff Mase’s work, you feel a sense of nostalgia for a simpler era.
He uses basic common building blocks, materials from an industrial age gone by, which “catapult" us back in time. I use the word “catapult” in quotes for a reason. If you step back and look closer at the geometry, balance, counter balance, mass and weight, your feeling of nostalgia blends with a feeling of anticipation and suspense. You realize that the clean lines which form this simple geometry of thick cable, wood, steel and gravity are filled with Potential Energy and force….the force of a loaded catapult at rest, prior to release. Jeff's visual exploration of the duality of "calm intensity "innocently draws us in.
His piece then introduces us to the philosophy of trying to maintain a balanced life under the laws of physics and our natural environment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST - JEFFREY MASE
Studio 524 Lamington Rd. Bedminster, NJ
1979 - Graduated NYU BS - Concentration in Studio Art and Art History
1979 - Artist in Residence Sculpture Space Utica, NY
1980 - Studied Welding at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, OH
1980 - 2002 - Jeffrey Mase Studios Greenwich Village NYC
2002 - 2003 - Moved to Pietrasanta Italy and work with Blacksmith Guiseppe Barsi, Furniture, Architectural Metal work and Sculpture.
2003 - Present - Jeffrey Mase Studios Bedminster NJ.
David Horowitz Studio Frenchtown, NJ.
Tom Beckman Studio Design Build, NYC.
Andrew Berman Architecture, NYC.
Bagdanow Partners Architects, NYC.
Elena Colombo, FireFeatures NYC.
Photo Credits: Sandy Ross & Carolyn Thow
Jeffrey Mase, Studios