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Apr 22, 19

jason pulgarin - interview

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With his Debut LA Show Class Warfare wrapping up, we catch up with Jason Pulgarin for an Interview.

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With his Debut LA Show Class Warfare wrapping up, we catch up with Jason Pulgarin for an Interview.
Born in Brooklyn and currently based in Los Angeles, Jason Pulgarin’s artistic history is rooted in graffiti and street-arts. Having been mentored by some of today’s most legendary artists (more on this below), Pulgarin is known for using striking color palettes and a thoughtful combination of conceptual subject matter and signature street oeuvre. Pulling stylistic inspiration from cartoons, fashion, and graffiti, Pulgarin’s subject matter spans political, societal, and historical motifs. Pulgarin has started experimenting with a range of new mediums, including the canvas plates (pictured below). 

CLASS WARFARE

His latest show, Class Warfare, ran at Eastern Projects in LA from January 12 to February 23, 2019. The collection was an exploration of the ongoing war between upper and lower class, told through famous renaissance paintings. Class Warfare tells a story of hope for the poor and the pursuit of power for the rich.

ARTISTIC INFLUENCES


Pulgarin has worked aside some of street art’s most legendary contributors,including Shepard Fairey (Obey) and childhood friend, Tristan Eaton. Influences of both of their work can be seen in the latest show Class Warfare, a collection with undeniable gravitas, highlighting the stylistic talents in Jason’s arsenal. Read the Interview Below.

INTERVIEW 

OCCI – Where did you grow up & how were you introduced to art?

J – I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. I WAS REALLY DRAWN TO ART AS A CHILD, ESPECIALLY WATCHING CARTOONS LIKE THE SIMPSONS AND READING COMIC BOOKS TRYING TO REDRAW ALL THE SUPERHEROES AND CARTOON CHARACTERS, BUT IT WAS MY GRANDMA WHO SAW MY INTEREST IN ART VERY EARLY AND PUSHED ME IN THAT DIRECTION. SHE’S THE REASON. SHE BOUGHT ME MY FIRST ART KIT. SHE TOOK ME TO MUSEUMS, SHE TOOK ME ANYWHERE I COULD BE INSPIRED. IT WORKED!

 

OCCI – You’ve worked with some real legends! What’s the most memorable lesson a mentor or friend has taught you?

J – BE HUMBLE, WORK REALLY FUCKING HARD, AND PAY IT FORWARD!

 

OCCI – What type of music do you play in the studio while your working?

J – I LOVE MUSIC, EVERYDAY I GOT SOMETHING DIFFERENT PLAYING, RIGHT NOW I GOT FREDERIC CHOPIN PLAYING - YESTERDAY I HAD GUCCI MANE

 

OCCI – If you could have a drink or smoke with any musician in history. Who would it be?

J - JAY-Z. PERIOD.  

 

OCCI - What’s one studio necessity you need at your side?

J - WEED AT THE STUDIO IS A MUST! YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S GONNA PISS ME OFF OR WHEN IM IN A DESPERATE NEED OF INSPIRATION

 

OCCI - Any projects you’re working on right now you can let the readers know about?

J - I GOT A COUPLE PRINT PROJECTS IN THE WORKS! RIGHT NOW I’M WORKING ON A COOL PROJECT THAT’S AN HOMAGE TO ANDY WARHOL BUT CAN’T REALLY TALK ABOUT IT

 

 

Kyle Harrison

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