Jason Gandy is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work cannot be fully understood until taking a closer look inside of them. Portholes and peepholes in his sculptures reveal unlikely and often reality defying kinetic environments. He makes intricately paneled model ships to introduce us to the mythical creatures that occupy their interiors. The invented characters in his pieces use optical distortions and are given motion from various sources; pendulums, magnets, balance, solar, wind, video, and live performances. The mechanical details of his sculptures are obscured, allowing the internal scenes a natural sense of wonder.
The current project prompted Gandy to revisit a work he had created for a performing arts piece, atixipman (attic-ship-man) a fully articulated wooden suit made from oak, maple, leather and bamboo. The suit’s thousands of overlapping wooden scales are fastened to a leather armature that allowed for freedom of movement. Inspired as well by Saylan’s North Seas, Gandy revisited a previous work, FISHKULL that harkens back to his summers working in a fishery in an Alaskan fishery flipping and gutting salmon for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Jason Gandy attended Tyler School of Art, from where he earned a BFA in Sculpture and studied abroad at Temple Rome. He has exhibited in New York City at Rabbithole Gallery and Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Gandy also owns and operates Aardvark Interiors, a woodworking company in Brooklyn.